Authorities say a Florida woman ran back into her burning apartment in Tampa after realizing her two children hadn’t made it out. All three died in the fire.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said during a Wednesday morning news conference that the woman and another adult living in the apartment made it safely outside when she noticed the children, ages 5 and 10, didn’t make it out.
The sheriff said running back to save the children was a great “action of love” displayed by the mother.
When firefighters arrived, flames were already penetrating the roof, which later collapsed.
The names of the victims weren’t immediately released.
Officials say at least 12 residents were displaced by the fire, which damaged eight apartments.
An investigation continues.
TRAGIC: a mother and her two young children have died after a fire at Captive Apartments on Castaway Drive. The mother escaped but went back in to rescue her two kids, and they sadly did not make it out. pic.twitter.com/IyWfpTKVAA
— HCSO #teamhcso (@HCSOSheriff) May 15, 2019