Three people being treated for burns after falling off swing
The broken chain from the swing still lies where it landed in the fire Saturday night
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office confirms three children are being treated for burns after falling off a swing at the home located at 4232 Water Oaks Drive in Lowndes County around 9:30 Saturday night.
12 year-old Tray Autry, 14 year-old Ashley Bullard, and 19 year-old Phylicia Skiles were swinging on a swing next to a fire pit in the back yard of the home when one of the chains connecting the swing to the tree it was hanging from broke. All three children were knocked into the fire.
"The three kids fell in the fire," said the owner of the home, who did not want to be identified. All three children were friends of the homeowner.
Added the homeowner, "[The children were] tryin' to get out, as well as the adults that was there was tryin' to do their best to try to help."
Tray was the first one able to get out of the fire. Phylicia was able to push the swing out of the way and grab Ashley by the hair, getting herself and Ashley out of the fire.
The Sheriff's office and EMS from South Georgia Medical Center responded to the scene. All three children were airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida where they remained Monday afternoon.
Rayna McCook is the sister of the youngest child who was burned, 12 year-old Tray Autry. She said she had just walked into the house when the swing broke.
"As soon as I walked in, the door shut and it sounded like a stampede comin' through. I looked around and I'm like, 'what's goin' on?' [The children are] strippin' their clothes off, they was like, 'we just fell in the fire,'" Rayna explained.
McCook continued, "All I could smell was burnt skin and al I could do was not freak out 'cause I knew they were freakin' out."
McCook said she hasn't been down to the hospital yet, but she has spoken with her brother on the phone.
"He said he was feelin' okay, everything was gettin' better," McCook said. They have to do skin grafts on 'em though."
All three children received 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Phylicia's sister, Courtnay Miller, told WALB by phone that both Phylicia and Ashley are expected to remain in the hospital for at least the next two weeks. All three children are scheduled to undergo skin grafts on Wednesday and Thursday.
None of the children have insurance, so the families are working to set up a fund to help pay for the children's medical bills. If you would like to help the families set up this fund or would like to donate to the families, contact Courtnay Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.