It was not long after midnight when a passerby noticed the fire and called 9-1-1.
An officer was very close by, and was at the scene in less than 90 seconds.
By the time he arrived, the 31 year old mother and her 4 other children were outside. She told the officer that her 7 year old was upstairs.
The officer tried to go up the stairs, but was pushed back by flames.
The fire department was on the way, but a neighbor brought over a ladder and the officer climbed to the second story bedroom, broke the window, climbed in and grabbed the boy from his bed.
He handed the boy out the window to the firefighters/ paramedics that were on the scene by this point, and the squad took the boy, and the cut, and burned officer to the hospital.
It was determined that the boys 4 year old brother had accidentally started the fire, lighting a cigarette, from a lit candle. He was afraid he would get caught, so he tossed the cigarette into the closet to hide it.
These are the facts. No embellishment, no exaggeration.
Last night, the police department got word that the family is blaming THEM because they didn't save the boy.
The word lawsuit is being tossed around.
Am I crazy to think that the fact that a 4 year old was up at midnight, playing with fire, no parent was supervising, that maybe the fault has nothing to do with the officer that is burned and sporting stitches all over his arms from trying to rescue the boy?
Call me crazy then, because I am disgusted that blame for this tragedy is being shifted to the person that had nothing to do with this child's primary care.
I know this officer. He is a wonderful human being. He is married with young children of his own, and this tragedy has torn him up, not only with his numerous physical cuts, but his heart is broken that he couldn't save the little boy.
Here is the quiz. Am I missing something? Is it somehow not a parents job to know what their 4 year old is doing at midnight?