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3 children in critical condition after car fire in Garland

The fire happened in the parking lot of a shopping center near South 1st Street and Kingsley Road.

GARLAND, Texas — Three young children were taken to the hospital in critical condition after they were found inside of a car that was on fire in Garland on Saturday evening, officials said.

Police said the children's father had left them in the unattended in the car while he went inside a store. No charges had been filed as of Saturday night, and police were still investigating.

The fire happened in the parking lot of a shopping center near South 1st Street and Kingsley Road.

A 2-year-old was flown to a hospital by helicopter, while the other two were taken by ambulance. All three children were 2-4 years old, according to Fire Department officials.