Firefighters: Boy Severely Burned Was Playing With A Lighter

Child Has Burns On 90 Percent Of His Body

Seven-year-old Logan Miles' mother and father warned him repeatedly about playing with fire. That's according to his grandmother, Bonnie Gusich.

"(My daughter) hid the lighters from him. Somehow, he found one," said Gusich.

Logan's family said he was playing with a lighter in a closet when he accidentally set the condo on fire. He was hospitalized at Children's with severe burns from head to toe.

He was flown to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, California Saturday morning to receive specialized care.

"Maybe it's a warning. Maybe it's a lesson. Who knows why these things happen," said Gusich.

Logan's aunt, Marni Gusich, actually owns the home. She was letting her sister's family stay there because they were getting ready to move to Kentucky. Her sister, Jill (Logan's mother), suffered burns to her hands and feet as she rescued Logan from the closet.

"She's devastated. She can't put her arms, or wrap her head around what's happening," said Marni Gusich.

Neighbors heard his mother screaming and then saw the flames.

“I heard someone yelling and I heard the mom yell, ‘Don’t touch your skin! Don’t touch it!’” said Erika Bordner, who lives nearby. “I came out to see if I could help and the little boy was burned.”

West Metro Fire spokeswoman Micki Trost said because the door to the boy’s room was shut, no one in the family detected the fire until the smoke alarms started going off.

“At that time, he had already suffered severe burns and the house had significant fire damage,” said Trost.

The boy’s mother rushed to his side and brought him out of the burning house, but firefighters said the boy had already suffered second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

The boy's father is in the military and was at a training camp in Missouri before being deployed. The Red Cross flew Logan's father to California to be with him.

"This is your text book boy. He could barely do anything without crashing or falling. I mean he always had skinned up knees and elbows," said Logan's grandmother. "He's in God's hands now."

Logan's sister Sarah was home at the time as well. She called 911.

"It was super scary to see him," said eight-year-old Sarah.

Trost said the boy was breathing and talked briefly to a medic, but the boy’s aunt, who did not identify herself, said he was not expected to make it.

“He is in for a fight,” said Trost.

The boy’s mother suffered burns to her hands and feet as she was rescuing her son.

Firefighters said the incident is a reminder to parents to keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.

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