BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. -- Two mobile homes were badly damaged by fire in Center Township, Beaver County, and a couple who lived in one of the trailers is facing charges Tuesday -- even though they are also victims of the fire.
Crystal Adams, 31, and James Chandler, 33, are accused of reckless endangerment, because police say the two grabbed their pet dogs and fled the fire at Center Manor Court but left Chandler's young son behind on Friday night.
The 4-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation after a firefighter ran inside and pulled him out, township Fire Chief Bill Brucker said.
Police said the firefighters learned that the boy was still inside the burning mobile home about 20 minutes after Chandler and Adams had already gotten out, when the two allegedly told firefighters that they had forgotten the child.
"They were asked numerous times by law enforcement -- I overheard at least once or twice -- 'Is there anyone else in these trailers?' Brucker told WTAE Channel 4's Sheldon Ingram.
The boy was conscious when a firefighter found him in a bedroom, Brucker said.
"You tuck your kid in bed, you should remember that he's still in there," Brucker said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
to say that this kid is going to have some issues down the road with his parents would be a grotesque understatement. i can only imagine that conversation years from now....
son: so dad , just for my edification, why did you grab the dog and not me?
dad: well you hadnt been doin your chores and that dor always brought me the paper
mom: and we hadnt put any money away for your college. the dog we didnt worry so much about.
if i was this kid i wouldnt be waiting for any money in the will. on the other hand i dont think they should wait for the son to put them in the really good nursing home