Eleven year old in hospital with severe burns from Monday night fire

Mobile County
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MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Theodore/Dawes Volunteer Fire Department says it’s starting a ‘Go Fund Me’ page for a eleven-year-old seriously injured in a fire Monday night. 

It happened on Clyde Drive in Fowl River. The 10-year-old boy, Wayne Colwell, also known as ‘Boogie’ by friends and family, was life-flighted to University Hospital and has since been transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL where he remains in serious condition with severe burns. 

Family friend and former employer of Tabitha McCracken (Wayne’s Mother), Janeen Sullivan told News 5 she could not believe the news when she first heard. She said, “It’s devastating, you know, the children especially when children are hurt, you know. My heart just immediately went out to her. We had to figure out something to do to help.”

Photos from Sullivan show the damage inside the home, including a photo of the bunk-bed Wayne was sleeping in at the time of the fire. The fire department says the family lost everything in the house fire. 

According to Sullivan, Wayne was sleeping in the top bunk when the fire broke out around midnight. Sullivan told News 5 she recently spoke with Tabitha about how Wayne is doing. Sullivan said, “The doctors were in and they’re doing some pulmonary tests on him right now. The Pulmonologist is in with him and they’re doing tests to see how well he’s breathing and what kind of contaminants he may have in his lungs.” 

There is a fundraiser on Facebook to help with the family’s travel expenses to UAB  as well as clothes, food or other needs so the family on being at Boogie’s side. Follow this link for more information on donation items. You can also donate to the Facebook Fundraiser for the family started by Sullivan HERE. Sullivan said Cowboys & Angels will also hold a benefit for the family on May 5.

The department says the ‘Go Fund Me’ will be set up sometime Tuesday afternoon. 

This is a developing story. Stick with News 5 for updates. 


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