A Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) engine company was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Dacula Road and Fence Road shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening when a man approached carrying his injured daughter.
The 11-month-old child had extensive burns to her whole body, according to GCFES public information officer Lt. Eric Eberly. The family informed fire personnel that the child had accidentally burned herself after pulling over a pot of hot liquid.
“The family was transporting the child to the hospital when they saw the Gwinnett Fire apparatus at the intersection,” Eberly stated in the release. “When they turned the child over to our care, our paramedic firefighters immediately noticed the extensiveness of the burns, as well as the criticalness of the child’s condition.”
The engine company’s officer requested additional units respond to assist due to the severity of the child’s injuries. Crews requested a pediatric rescue helicopter, but the request was denied due to weather conditions. The child was subsequently transported to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta by a Gwinnett Fire Medic Unit.
Gwinnett Fire investigators are reviewing the incident.