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Neighbor rescues children from fire

Parents arrested on charges of child endangerment
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Parents of two young children were arrested after a Saturday morning trailer fire in Folsom while a neighbor managed to get the kids to safety. Firefighters arrived at 7:59 a.m. to a fire in a trailer park community located at 701 Oakdale St., near Folsom Boulevard and Natoma Street in Folsom. Matthew Scott Muir, 34, and Brittany Faulkner, 21, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and felony recklessly causing a fire to an inhabited structure. Early Saturday morning, callers reported that a trailer in the complex was on fire, and there were still children inside the residence, said Sgt. Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department public information officer. Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District arrived on scene to extinguish the fire and investigate its origin. Four engines companies, two truck companies, three paramedic ambulances, three chief officers and one fire investigator were dispatched to the scene, said Ron Phillips, Folsom fire chief. The first engine arrived within five minutes after receiving the call and the fire was fully contained within 60 minutes, Phillips said. Two adults and two young children were inside the home when the fire broke out, Phillips said. Muir and Faulkner managed to escape the burning home but the two children remained inside, Phillips said. According to Phillips, neighbor Mark Carlile was outside preparing to do yard work and he knew the family had small children. He entered the smoke-filled home to search for the children. Carlile found both kids and brought them out to safety. Phillips said the neighbor’s brave act saved the two children’s lives. All four family members, as well as the neighbor who rescued the children, were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for smoke inhalation, he said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Phillips said. Browning said officers on scene recognized that Muir was exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with drug influence. After an evaluation, Muir was cited and released at the scene for being under the influence of a controlled substance, Browning said. Later in the afternoon, Muir and Faulkner returned to their home as fire and police personnel finished the investigation, said Browning. Muir and Faulkner were arrested and transported to the Sacramento County Jail. They are being held in lieu of $60,000 and $50,000 bails, respectively. ~ Laura Newell