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.

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.

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.

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