Teens fighting for lives after Texas gasoline fire

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by Monika Diaz / WFAA.com

WFAA.com

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

BURLESON -- Nick Russell, 17, walked away from a fire in Burleson with burns on his arms, hands, and neck.

His 13 year old, brother Cameron survived too, but he’s fighting for his life.

“I'm thankful that he's alive,” said Cameron’s aunt, Donna Russell. “Even though he's burned bad, I'm thankful that he's alive.”

Cameron has burns on 80 percent of his body. The damage is so severe doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas placed him in a medically-induced coma. The teen is also struggling to breathe.

“He's on a respirator because he couldn't breathe, plus he has asthma and that makes it twice as hard,” Russell said.

Relatives told News 8 Cameron’s dad is devastated.

“He just cries and cries and cries,” Russell said. “He says, 'My baby is dying  My baby is dying, I just know it.' I said, 'Donnie, you gotta think positive.'”

The fire happened Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. The brothers were playing with two friends in the backyard of their home on Southeast Gardens Boulevard. Investigators say the group poured gasoline over a small fire, causing a flash fire.

The other teens were also injured.

News 8 has learned one of them - another 13-year-old - remains in ICU doors down from Cameron. An 18-year-old is listed in fair condition.

On Thanksgiving, the Russell family is calling for prayers beyond their home. It’s their last hope.

“Just pray, keep praying,” Russell said. “[Pray for] a miracle, that he stays alive."

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