Two toddlers are recovering in the hospital while their mother is in police custody after an apartment fire in Norristown.
The fire broke out early Sunday afternoon at an apartment on the 100 block of East Marshall Street. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke inside the first floor unit and two toddlers alone and crying inside a bedroom.
The children were taken by medical chopper to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia while firefighters placed the blaze under control. Officials say they suffered smoke inhalation and burns on the inside of their throats.
Investigators say the fire started on the stove in the kitchen of the unit. They also say the children were left alone by their mother. The mother was taken into custody. Police say she will be charged but they have not yet revealed what those charges are.
Family members say the children are twin 2-year-old brothers. They also say their mother is 18-years-old.
"It's her fault, you don't leave kids alone in a house," said the victims' uncle. "That's ridiculous. Under no circumstances is that okay."
"All she talked about were her kids, how she wanted to finish school and do well for them," said another family member while in tears. "It's crazy!"