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Children, firefighters suffer frostbite during house fire

January 31, 2019

MUIR, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say children clad only in pajamas and firefighters suffered frostbite while a fire destroyed a mid-Michigan home.

Lyons-Muir Fire Chief Lyndon Randall says the children’s mother suffered burns and smoke inhalation before two firefighters pulled her from the home around 4:45 a.m. Thursday in Muir, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Grand Rapids.

John Odette, deputy chief of Ionia Department of Public Safety, tells MLive.com the five children were standing in the snow without shoes or socks with an outside temperature 17 degrees below zero (-8.33 Celsius).

Medics took the children into vehicles to warm up. They were treated for minor burns and frostbite. Their mother and two other adults were hospitalized with burns. Their names haven’t been released.

Randall says several firefighters suffered frostbite to their faces.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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