11/09/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Chesapeake, VA—A brave mother of four suffered serious burns when she ran through a wall of fire in an attempt to rescue her children from their smoldering trailer. A fire broke out in the trailer, located in Chesapeake’s Providence Terrace neighborhood, early Monday, November 8, 2010, according to information provided by WAVY.

“From what I was told, it started in the kitchen and she got woke up. She grabbed her two kids out of the back bedroom and put them out the back door and when she put them out the back door the kitchen flamed up and she run through the fire to get to the front of the trailer to get her two kids out the front door,” explained Daniel McPherson, grandfather to the four children and father to Crystal Corbin, their heroic mother.

While the cause of the residential blaze remains unknown, the family seems to believe a recently purchased space heater might have been a factor. Three of McPherson’s grandchildren ran to his home, located around the corner from their own blazing home, to notify him of the fire. The kids’ ages ranged from 3 to 14.

Neighbor Brandon Harrison allegedly heard his neighbors’ screams and ran to the scene to see if he could help. “She had just ran through the fire to get her two kids and that’s when I came up and asked, were they all out, and she was just pulling the two out. One of them was pretty bad,” he said.

Police, fire rescue and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene of the trailer blaze to rush those injured to area hospitals. Reports indicated Crystal and one of her oldest daughters, Erin were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Erin was released at 8:30 a.m. Monday, while her mother remained hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s burn unit. The courageous Chesapeake mother reportedly sustained burns on her hands, arms, face and head. She was listed in critical, but stable condition.

The fire marshal was expected to return to the scene to determine what might have sparked the blaze. While firefighters called the fire accidental, investigations continue.

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