KC-Area Dad Tries In Vain To Save Young Sons From Fire

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

(Credit: KCTV)

(Credit: KCTV)

ORRICK, Mo. (AP/WIBW) -- A house fire at a rural home in western Missouri has killed two juveniles and left an adult severely burned.

KCTV identified them as Randy Garrison and his two boys 3 year-old Roger and 1 year-old Ashton. They said Randy was burned trying to save his children from the blaze. They quoted him as saying: (click here for KCTV5 story

"Don't look at me like I'm a bad father. I'm not a bad father. My kids were everything to me," he said. "Imagine being a parent and waking up hearing your kids screaming and their whole bedroom is on fire and you can't do anything. . . I tried everything I could to rescue everything I had in life, my two babies."

The Ray County sheriff's office says the fire broke out at the home in Orrick on Tuesday afternoon. Orrick Fire Chief Mike Arnold says the house was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. Fire crews from several nearby towns were called in to help.

The sheriff's office says the two juvenile victims were found in a bedroom. They have not officially identified the children.

The sheriff's office said in a release that an adult male in the home was hospitalized with severe burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Orrick, a town of about 800 residents, is located about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City.


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