Father of burned toddler: ‘My beautiful baby will never be the same’

A family is asking for prayers after a toddler and grandmother were seriously burned in an explosive fire at a north Charlotte home late Tuesday afternoon.

Belinda Carr, the grandmother, told a family member that a gas can under a fire pit exploded after trash was lit just after 4 p.m.

The home is in the 9500 block of White Aspen Place, off Eastfield Road and Interstate 485.

The Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force issued a statement Wednesday that the fire appears to have been “a tragic accident,” resulting from a fuel container being too close to an outdoor patio fire pit in which a fire was burning.

Thirteen-month-old Emily Hinton was seriously burned and was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Carr also was taken to the hospital, and the two were later moved to the Burn Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. It is unclear how close the two were to the fire.

“The Task Force’s main concern is for the victims and their family who need this time to focus on recovery,” Charlotte Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Robbins Shah-Khan said. “Investigators will follow up later to determine exactly what happened to cause the fire.”

Neighbors said they heard a “loud boom” but didn’t realize it was an explosion until emergency crews arrived.

Emily’s father, Andy Hinton, posted this statement on Facebook:

“We just talked to doctor and they said if she pulls through she will need multiple surgeries throughout her life... we are having a really rough time wrapping our minds around all this... be thankful for what you have everyday because it can be taken away in a blink... my beautiful baby will never be the same.. but I will take her however i can get her and love her like she has never been loved.. please pray for our family... thanks to everyone for their support.”

A Go Fund Me page has been established to raise money for expenses related to Emily’s care.

Staff Writer Joe Marusak contributed.