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Video shows flames shooting from Philadelphia home; father and 8-year-old son injured in fire

An 8-year-old is seriously injured in a fire in Philadelphia, his father with burns


An 8-year-old is seriously injured in a fire in Philadelphia, his father with burns

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An 8-year-old boy was seriously injured and his father left with burns after a fire broke out at their home in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood Tuesday night.

Cellphone video captured the intense flames shooting out of the two-story townhome on the 4300 block of Griscom Street just after 1:30 a.m.

Neighbors said they often saw the father and son outside and were not surprised when they heard he allegedly rushed into the burning house to save his son.

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The father suffered second- and third-degree burns to his arms, chest and torso. According to police, he is 25 years old. His 8-year-old son suffered burns to 60% of his body and is currently in critical condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital.

Two other family members, a 25-year-old woman and a 7-month-old baby, were also hospitalized, although police said they were in stable condition.

Neighbors said they were heartbroken and are already thinking of ways to help the family move forward.

“This is devastating. These are babies,” said neighbor Robbie Dunn. “A whole family at a time when families are now critical because of all this violence. I feel very bad about this and I will do everything I can to bring the neighbors together and get help.”

Investigators have not yet released any information about how the fire started.

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