Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Injured Child in Boston Burn Unit

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Injured Child in Boston Burn Unit

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A 9-year-old Jacksonville boy who was trying to rescue his deaf

younger brother was burned over a third of his body in a fire

that left a family with seven children homeless early yesterday


As flames quickly moved through Kate and Norman Burns' Altama

Road home about 3:30 a.m., Frankey Anfield, who the couple is in

the process of adopting, ran downstairs looking for his little

brother Tony, who is deaf.

"I tried to get Frankey to follow me," said Bobby Burns, the

couple's 17-year-old son. "But he said `I gotta go see if my

brother's OK.' "

Bobby Burns said that instead of following him out a back

stairway on the second floor, Frankey ran down a stairway

leading to the front of the house and the teeth of the fire.

Tony, his brother, was already out of the house and safe.

Frankey received burns over about 35 percent of his body,

according to Ted Holmes, spokesman for Jacksonville Fire and


"The only concern Frankey had was Tony's safety," Kate Burns


Frankey was taken to University Medical Center and later flown

to Shriner's Burns Institute in Boston. He was in serious

condition there last night.

Bobby Burns, 17, said he awakened about 3:30 a.m. to find a

sheet acting as a curtain in his room on fire. He said the fire

engulfed his room in a matter of moments and he ran to his

parents' room and awakened them.

"Everybody was pretty much going crazy," Bobby Burns said.

Kate Burns said she, her husband and her oldest son

instinctively started executing their escape plan which they had

discussed in the past, though not in any great detail.

"It was like ESP. My husband instinctively went to get Tony.

Bobby and I charged upstairs to get the other boys and girls. We

kept counting children, over and over . . . The whole time it

was like I was looking outside myself. It was like a movie,"

Kate Burns said.

Kate Burns, a social worker at the Florida School for the Deaf

and the Blind in St. Augustine, said they also got a helping

hand from two Good Samaritans who seemingly disappeared after

the fire.

Two men, who appeared to be in their early 20s, helped the

Burnses carry their children out of the burning home. Afterward,

they offered to drive Frankey to the hospital but when Kate

Burns said she would, they disappeared.

"They helped us survive and we have no idea who they are," she


Officials said the fire remains under investigation and they

haven't established an estimate for damages yet. But Holmes said

investigators believe an unattended candle might have started

the blaze in Bobby Burns' bedroom. The teen said he had a small

candle he kept in a ceramic holder in his room but he was sure

he doused it with water before going to sleep. …

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