Law enforcement officers and representatives for CenterPoint Energy are investigating an electrical accident that injured two small children Sunday evening. The children, a 3 year old boy and a 5 year old girl, were playing in the backyard of their parent's home in Spring.
"A little after 5 (the father) heard a big boom sound and looked out his kitchen window, at which time he saw both of his children on the ground on fire," said Asst. Chief Mark Herman, Harris County Pct. 4.
The children are now in critical condition in a Galveston hospital, undergoing surgery for the burns they received after coming in contact with a broken guy-wire. Investigators say the broken line hit a live wire, causing the electrical surge that injured the children. Now they want to know how and why it happened and if it could've been avoided.
Shortly after the accident, a neighbor said the parents told her they had contacted CenterPoint about the broken wire, but it hadn't been fixed.
"The father did state that they had reported the guy-line that was broken," Asst. Chief Herman said. "We have not confirmed that. We are still looking into that."
A spokesperson for CenterPoint said the company is conducting its own investigation and reviewing phone records to determine call history on the account registered to family.
The children's parents did not appear to be at their home Monday afternoon. In addition to sorting out CenterPoint's possible involvement, investigators say they will notify child protective services about the accident, as part of routine procedure.