The children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were left in the car parked right in front of GameStop on First Street, near Kingsley Road, shortly before 6 p.m. Their father had been shopping inside, Fire Marshal Mike VanBuskirk said.
When firefighters arrived, all three children were outside the car, which was fully engulfed in flames, VanBuskirk said. A bystander had noticed the flames and pulled each of them out, witnesses said, but left before officials made it to the scene.
The 1-year-old was airlifted to a hospital, and the older siblings taken by ambulance. All three were in critical condition.
Garland police were working with the fire department to determine the cause of the fire. No charges had been filed as of Saturday night.
GARLAND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Three children are in critical condition after they were burned in a car fire Saturday evening in a parking lot in Garland, police say.
Police say they responded to the car fire at around 6 p.m. in the 2900 block of S. First Street in the parking lot of a shopping center.
According to police, a man drove to the location with the children inside the car and left them unattended as he went into a store. While he was in the store, the vehicle caught fire.
“I went into the GameStop to sell my PlayStation 4 to get money for my kids… Two days ago I cleaned out my car so that stuff like that won’t happen,” said the father, Niekeya McGill. “But, I guess it’s an old car… the car wasn’t running. I still have the keys.”
Police are investigating the incident and how the fire started. There have been no charges filed at this time.