Firefighters managed to pull out a teenage girl from a burning home and saved her life. She and her parents are now in the hospital.
The fire started just before midnight Wednesday on Beacon Way in Fort Worth, near the Everman border. By the time help arrived, the homeowners were already outside their house, which was engulfed in flames.
When Everman Police Sgt. Jimmy Combs got to the scene before firefighters arrived, the couple told him that Bailey, their 13-year-old daughter, was still trapped inside.
“Initially, I could kind of hear her yelling and then it just went faint,” Combs recalled. “Then the fireman, he came to the window as well. We teamed up."
With Fort Worth firefighters on scene, the next moments were defined by adrenaline, fear and the urgency to save a life.
“They were out in the front yard when we got here, and we were told that their child was still in the house,” said Kyle Clay with the Fort Worth Fire Department. “We started looking for her. And one of the firefighters spotted her right in the front room through the window. He jumped into the window and got her out.”
“The only thing going through my mind is I need to get into this house. I need to get in this house and get her out,” Combs recalled. “That was the only focus that I had. Nothing else really concerned me. The flames didn’t concern me. The smoke didn’t concern me.”
Combs teamed up with firefighters. He hoisted a firefighter wearing protective gear through the window. Once inside the extremely hot, smoky house, the firefighter was able to reach the girl, who was unconscious, and got her out.
"When we got her out of the house, she wasn't breathing,” Combs said. “So we worked on her and did CPR for about three or four minutes."
Bailey was able to regain consciousness and was communicating with rescuers as she was rushed to Parkland Hospital. Her condition is unclear. Both her parents were also taken to the hospital. Bailey's mom, Shelley Oyler, is in critical condition.
Neighbors are still saddened to think about what happened.
"They are here a long time," said neighbor Helga Mertine. "And I hope everything turns out alright."
Investigators are now working to determine the cause of the fire. It likely started in the back of the house, which is now gutted.
Clay is thankful firefighters were able to save Bailey’s life, but he also hopes news of the rescue will remind for people to be prepared.
“I always encourage everybody to always have a way to get out and practice it with your family. You don't have to practice every day but just so everybody knows what to do just in case there's a fire,” he said “That way, you'll know where to go and what to do if you have an emergency.”