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Torrington woman and four children caught in trailer fire

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2008

Last Thursday, Aug. 7, a local woman was severely burned saving her children from the fire that engulfed a trailer house in Riverton.

According to her mother, Donna Dinges from Torrington, Bridget Mullins suffered third degree burns over 30 percent of her body including her hands, arms, neck and head, back, left leg and right knee. Dinges and her four children were visiting a sister-in-law, Rachel Mullins, who lived in a Riverton trailer park. Rachel lost her three children, ages 1, 2 and 3, in the fire.

Dinges said Bridget is still in critical condition. She is heavily sedated at the University of Colorado Burn Center in Denver, Colo. but does recognize visitors and responds by moving a toe or making other slight movement. The burn center is conducting periodic operations on Bridget.

“She risked her life for her four children,” Dinges said.

According to Dinges, Bridget’s two boys: Mathias Mullins, age one, and David Mullins, age three, had minor injuries. David had a burn on his foot. The boys are staying with relatives in Riverton. Sativa Mullins, age four, had burns on her left arm, right hand and spots on her nose. She was released from Children’s Hospital in Denver four days ago. Sierra Brown, age six, Bridgett’s older daughter, was released from Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. The girls are staying with their father, David Mullins, in Denver.

“Bridget is having breathing problems,” Dinges said. “Her lungs were very damaged. The family is taking turns staying with her.”

Local relatives include Joe Dinges, Donna’s husband, and Bridget’s sister, Kathy Park, both from Torrington. Bridget’s dad, Ron Brown; brother, Joshua Brown; and aunt, Lori Etzel all live in Scottsbluff, Neb.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“An account has been established in Bridget’s name at Bank of the West in Torrington,” Donna said. “There are various donation points around town (Torrington). We need to get Bridget a place to live here so that her children can live with her once she is released. She just wants her babies.”

Donna said Bridget worked at Deacon’s Restaurant in Torrington for a year and all her customers and co-workers “just loved her” and have been very loving in their response to the burn accident. Current plans are for Bridget’s three oldest children to attend school in Torrington – Sierra in second grade, Sativa in kindergarten and David in pre-school.

Anyone desiring to help Bridget and her children can call Donna at 532-0971.

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