Two Kids Feared Dead; Chloe Arwood, 6, And James Caldwell, 7, Die In Construction Site Accident
The bodies of two children, feared dead after a wall of dirt collapsed on them have been exhumed . The accident happened at a building site in North Carolina and the two kids, ages 6 and 7, were feared dead when rescue crews arrived on scene to attempt to save them. According to the Examiner, the young children were playing in their grandmother's basement of her home near Charlotte.
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They were playing by the hole from an excavated basement that measured 20 by 24 feet and was 24 feet deep. When the dirt wall fell on top of them a 911 call was made by the children's father but rescue efforts could not save the two youngsters. The two children did not survive, and NBC News has reported that the bodies of Chloe Jade Arwood and James Caldwell were uncovered early Monday morning.
Although the two kids were feared dead during rescue efforts, emergency personnel worked as fast as possible in the hopes of finding the children alive.
"Many of us are parents," Lincoln County Emergency Management spokesman Dion Burleson told the Charlotte Observer. "That added to the stress. But these guys kept their composure and worked very hard. We worked as if they were alive."
Burleson said the sheriff's office will handle the investigation into the events. That will include determining if there were proper permits for work at the site, he said Monday morning.
"We have not determined what the father was building," he said. "This is a time of grieving for the family. Our investigation will go forward, but we also are allowing the family to deal with what has happened here."
More than 100 people were involved in the effort to save the two children. Crews from the American Red Cross participated in the rescue effort and provided relief and support for both rescue workers and grief-stricken family and neighbors during the 13-hour rescue effort.
"It's a tragic scene," said Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley.
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