Woman, Child Die from Injuries in Texas Fire

A man was criticially injured in the Fort Worth fire.


Feb. 07--FORT WORTH -- A woman and 6-year-old child who were pulled from a house fire Thursday night have died, officials said Friday.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office declined to identify the victims who were injured in the house fire that started about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of West Bolt Street.

A man whose injuries were described as "critical" was taken by ground ambulance to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according said Capt. Tom Crow, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

The man had second- and third-degree burns, but there was no updated information on his condition as of Friday morning, Crow said. Investigators listed the cause of the fire as accidental due to an electrical malfunction, Crow said.

The child was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center, and a woman went to John Peter Smith Hospital, Crow said. They were believed to be the man's wife and child, Crow said.

Firefighters were met by flames and heavy smoke when they arrived at the house, which is just west of Interstate 35W in south Fort Worth, Crow said.

"As the crew of Engine 10 approached the residence, they were met by a male occupant who informed them that a woman and child were inside," Crow said. "The crew immediately attempted to knock the fire down and enter the structure.

"The woman and a child were located in the rear of the residence and quickly removed."

The flames were "knocked down very quickly," Crow said.

Later, a man who identified himself as a cousin of the injured man said he came to the house to see if he could get any information for the rest of the family.

The cousin, who gave his last name as Ortiz, said the injured man's name was Flavio Saldiver. He is a hard worker and a good provider for his family, Ortiz said.

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