Texas FF's children die in apartment blaze amid rescue attempts
Galveston Firefighter Dustin Jones and neighbors tried to rescue 3-year-old Jade and 2-year-old Logan before more firefighters arrived on scene
By Leila Merrill
GALVESTON, Texas — A Galveston Fire Department member lost his two children from a fire Saturday after trying to rescue them.
Dustin Jones and neighbors got out of the apartment building and tried to go back inside, but Click2Houston reported that the flames and smoke were too strong.
More than 20 firefighters responded to the blaze that started around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and got the children out of a back bedroom.
💔Heartbreaking update: The father who desperately tried to save his two children from a burning home over the weekend is a firefighter with the Galveston Fire Department, officials confirm. One of the kids was 3 years old, the other was 2 years old.https://t.co/KHQV7bUW2L pic.twitter.com/t6OY6rVv1r— Rilwan Balogun (@KPRC2Rilwan) May 2, 2022
Jade and Logan Jones, ages 3 and 2, were transported to University of Texas Medical Branch. They were pronounced dead at the hospital.
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Varela told ABC 13 that Jones has worked as a Galveston firefighter for three and a half years.
Jones also was transported to the hospital and has been released.
BREAKING: A 2-year-old and 5-year-old died after they were rescued from a fire inside a two-story home in Galveston. I’m told the dad made it out but home was too engulfed to go back in @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/1sXoJDHOG4— Rilwan Balogun (@KPRC2Rilwan) April 30, 2022
Jones lived in the apartment with a girlfriend, who is not the children’s mother and was not there at the time, the Galveston Daily News reported.
People have been placing teddy bears and flowers at a memorial outside the home.