1-year-old child killed as family tries to flee Cold Springs Fire, parents severely burned
OKANOGAN CO., Wash. — A one-year-old child was killed as his family tried to flee from the Cold Springs Fire.
Jake, Jamie and Uriel Hyland of Renton were visiting their property in Okanogan over the weekend when the fire started.
According to a GoFundMe set up for the family, they tried to get away from the fire in their truck, but had to run to escape the flames.
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said family members called to report them missing on Tuesday.
A responding deputy found their truck, which had been wrecked and burned, but said it was not occupied.
The Hylands were found by a Colville Tribal boat along the river early Wednesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Uriel had passed away when rescuers got to the family.
They were brought to Bridgeport State Park then taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital. Jake and Jamie were flown to Harborview in Seattle for third-degree burns.
Jake, 31, arrived at Harboview at 1:30 p.m. and Jamie, 26, arrived shortly after at 2:15 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office said they suffered burns to their hands and legs. They are being assessed, evaluated and cared for by trauma and burn specialists. Both are currently in critical condition in Harborview’s intensive care unit.
The child’s passing is the first death connected to wildfires burning across the state this week. Through tears, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz first announced Uriel’s death during a press conference while touring the town of Malden, which was almost completely destroyed by a wildfire earlier this week.
Franz released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
The Cold Springs Fire has burned more than 254 square miles between Mansfield and Omak.
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