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Boy in critical condition following fire in north St. Louis

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Credit: David McNew
Firefighters use drip torches to set a backfire at night in an effort to make progress against the Thomas Fire before the winds return with the daylight near Lake Casitas. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS – Three children were transported to a hospital after an early morning fire in north St. Louis Saturday.

Fire crews responded to the 5000 block of Enright around 4 a.m. where fire was showing from the second floor.

One of the children is in critical condition and is fighting for his life after suffering severe smoke inhalation from being trapped inside the home.

Terry Poindexter woke up in a panic after seeing her next-door neighbor's house on fire.

"It was so much fire and so many people you know I was really concerned with what was going on because Charles is one of my favorite neighbors," Poindexter said.

Charles has been her neighbor for more than 20 years so she immediately got emotional after seeing firefighters pulling his grandson from his burning home.

"He was laying right here he was right here. The smoke was coming so fast they had to move him,” Poindexter said.

This comes after the grandfather had already rescued two of his other grandchildren from the home, and when firefighters arrived, 10-year-old Dashawn was unresponsive. That's when Poindexter stood in tears along with the grandfather as paramedics tried to save him.

"Me looking at him I knew it was going to be difficult they couldn't really revive him too much," Poindexter said.

While driving to the hospital, Dashawn's pulse finally came back but his sister, Tajuana Stiles, said he's still fighting to live.

“My little brother is in critical condition, he's not able to breathe on his own but he do have a pulse when he came out he did not,” Stiles said.

The grandfather and other two children were treated for smoke inhalation but they’re expected to be OK.

Family members are asking everyone to join their efforts in praying for the boy's recovery.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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