ELM MOTT (August 10, 2012)--A house behind a post office exploded and burst into flames Thursday morning in Elm Mott north of Waco, injuring two men, a woman and a young girl.
Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
Witnesses who called 911 at around 10 a.m. Friday told operators that they heard an explosion and then saw one-story frame house at 296 West Main in Elm Mott erupt in flames.
Larry Young, 62, was severely burned in the fire and was flown directly to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in critical condition, authorities said.
He was an oxygen patient, authorities said.
Donna Young, 55, also suffered severe burns.
She was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco in critical condition.
Ava Reid, 3, was severely burned, as well, and was taken to Hillcrest in critical condition.
Authorities the woman and the girl were both later flown to Parkland.
Saturday afternoon Larry Young was in critical condition and Donna Young was in fair condition at Parkland, a hospital spokesperson said.
The hospital could not release information about the girl’s condition.
Dylan Young, 22, suffered minor burns on his head and neck when he broke down a door to rescue his 3-year-old niece.
He was also taken to Hillcrest, but has since been released, a hospital spokesperson said.
A witness who lives in the next block said several streets were closed and thick ash was blowing around the area.
Firefighters could not save the house, which burned to the ground.
(Josh Wucher, Paul Gately, Paul Shelton, Jennifer Iller and Nadia Galindo contributed to this story)