Two children who were burned in a Wilmington fire that also injured a LAPD officer last month remain in critical condition, their mother said Thursday.
The fire was allegedly started by a 37-year-old man on Aug. 31. George Pineda Garcia was arrested on suspicion of arson and attempted murder in connection with the incident.
Firefighters rescued a mother and two children from a one bedroom in the duplex. A Los Angeles Police Department officer, who was one of the first responders, saved another child from the home and was also injured, officials said.
A boy and girl remain in critical condition and remain in the ICU, while the third child was last listed in serious condition.
The girl received third-degree burns on both of her legs, while the boy was burned extensively and
had to go undergo surgery for various infections.
Sarai Ruiz, the children's oldest sister, has faith that her siblings will recover quickly and she continues to encourage strength in them.
"I tell my sister that she's going to get out and to have faith," said 15-year-old Ruiz with tears in her eyes. "My brother; I also tell him not to worry and that he's also going to make it through."
Their mother, Maritza Ruiz, told KTLA that she thanks those who have helped her family and have them in her prayers.
The family is homeless and Maritza Ruiz not have a job, “as she is at her children’s sides in the hospital,” according to a GoFundMe account to help the family with medical expenses.
“In a tragic case of wrong place, wrong time, the innocent family almost lost their lives, and are now struggling to rebuild after they’ve lost everything,” the GoFundMe page reads.