An 11-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns Tuesday night when his family's Lydia Lane home was destroyed by fire. Quick action by Statesboro firefighters likely saved the child's life, and he was flown to a burn center in Augusta, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
The boy was listed in stable condition Wednesday, said Statesboro Fire commander Tim Grams. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Statesboro and Bulloch County fire departments responded to the blaze around 11:50 p.m Tuesday on Lydia Lane off East Main Extension. Upon arrival, firefighters "found a single family dwelling heavily involved with fire and reports of an 11 year old being trapped inside the structure," Turner said.
The boy was believed to still be in his bedroom, and Statesboro firefighters first on the scene began looking for him, he said. Other Statesboro fire units and Bulloch County firefighters, working in a mutual aid partnership, arrived at the scene and began extinguishing the flames.
"Captain Chris Whitehead and Firefighter Steven Morris were able to locate (the boy) and remove him from the burning house." Turner said. "The victim was airlifted to the burn center in Augusta for treatment of his injuries and at last report, listed in stable condition."
Grams commended the firefighters for their bravery.
"The Statesboro Fire Department is extremely proud of the actions of Captain Whitehead, Firefighter Morris and all other parties involved with this incident," he said. "A total team effort has given this young man a good chance of surviving a catastrophic event."
The American Red Cross Bulloch County Disaster Action Team assisted the family of four, who are not yet being identified by authorities for privacy reasons and because the fire remains under investigation.
Red Cross media relations spokesperson Denese Register said the boy suffered second degree burns. The family's immediate needs, including travel to Augusta to be with the injured child, were filled by Red Cross, she said. "
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, which Turner said is "standard procedure any time major injury is sustained in a fire incident."
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.