PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Two people are recovering from serious burns on Wednesday after flames consumed the barn where they were living. Firefighters were called to the scene just before 7:00 a.m. for reports of a fire along Parker Road in Plano.
A husband and wife were living in the barn while renovating their house on the same property. Fire crews were able to get the flames under control before they could spread to any other structures. But the barn was completely destroyed in the process.
Both of the victims were transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The husband was taken by air with second-degree and third-degree burns over 35 percent of his body. The wife was transported on the ground. According to fire officials, her injuries are less significant, but still very serious.
Several animals were also inside of the barn at the time of the fire. Some chickens managed to escape, but others may not have been so lucky. Firefighters are still trying to determine what animals could be missing.
The couple may owe their lives to one animal in particular. "The husband was awakened by the dog barking," said Capt. Ron Cooper with the Plano Fire Department early Wednesday. "He went to get his wife out. They sustained burns while exiting the structure."
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
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