2 children hospitalized after house fire in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Two children have been hospitalized after a fire broke out in a Fort Lauderdale home.

Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Southwest 38th Avenue and 16th Street at around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Officers arrived to find two children, 3 and 8 years old, inside the home. Officers said the children were home alone at the time.

“It’s a shame she didn’t care more about her kids to leave them alone,” the property manager said. “This is a result of a bad parent.”

Both children were taken to Broward Health Medical Centers, along with three officers who suffered some smoke inhalation.

According to the property manager who did not want to be identified, the children are OK.

The property manager said the children’s mother did not live in the apartment. She was apparently visiting a tenant.

“She doesn’t belong in my building,” the property manager told 7News. “No. And she won’t be back, either.”

Police have begun a child neglect investigation.

It remains unclear how the fire started.

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