January 23rd, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Several eye witnesses to the early Friday morning fire in Cumberland that took the lives of two young children have serious concerns with the manner in which officials handled the incident. One woman tells WCBC News that she and a neighbor took a ladder to the burning house after seeing the children in the window screaming. Only one police officer was on the scene at the time, and the woman says he prevented any effort to save the children saying that fire units were on the way. Police Chief Charlie Hinnant tells WCBC News that the incident is being investigated. He did emphasize that protocol for officers during such incidents is to restore order and make sure the public remains at a safe distance from the scene- and that they do not interfere in fire fighting efforts.