A one year-old baby boy was killed and his parents left badly burned after the family tried to flee wildfires currently sweeping the US west coast. Uriel Hyland was found dead on Wednesday after he and his parents Jacob Hyland, 31, and Jamie Hyland, 26, tried to escape the Cold Springs fire in Okanogan County, Washington.
Jacob and Jamie – who is pregnant – attempted to flee their rural home, which has no phone signal, as the flames began to close-in around it. They were forced to abandon their car, which was later found burnt-out, and run towards the Columbia River for safety.
Rescuers traveling down the river on a boat found the couple there, with the couple both suffering third-degree burns. Uriel had already succumbed to his injuries by the time emergency responders made it to his family.
The family were taken to a nearby state park away from the flames, and transferred to an ambulance before being rushed to hospital for treatment. A GoFundMe page said both parents were critically ill, with Jacob suffering burns to 25% of his body, and Jamie receiving burns to 40% of hers.
The fundraising page added: ‘Their sweet, little boy Uri did not make it. Jake and Jamie are being transported to Harborview Medical Center. They have significant injuries and a long road ahead of them. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank you so much for all of your love, support and prayers, it means a lot!
Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley was distraught to hear of the Hylands’ ordeal. He said: ‘My heart breaks for the family of the child who perished in the Cold Springs fire. I am devastated. The Department of Natural Resources family is devastated. The pain that family is going through is unfathomable.’
Ongoing wildfires have laid waste to 3.4million acres of California, Washington and Oregon, and are so-far known to have left at least seven people dead.
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