While the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said Uri's death will be labeled a homicide if it turns out to be arson.
Jake and Jamie Hyland and their infant son Uriel, were trying to evacuate their property in rural Okanogan at around midnight on Sunday when they got trapped by the Cold Springs Fire. According to a GoFundMe page set up, the family of three was there on a short trip over the weekend. There, they have no signal or communication, causing them to get caught in the fire. Their truck, which was completely scorched, was found abandoned on the side of a road on Tuesday afternoon, before search and rescue teams discovered Jake and Jamie, who is pregnant, gravely injured on the banks of the Columbia River.
Sadly, Uri was already dead when Jake and Jamie were discovered. The parents were transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. "Jamie's body is at 40-50% burned and Jake is at 25%. according to the doctor," wrote the relative on the fundraising page. A woman named Kellsey wrote: "I just got an update from the doctor. Jake will need surgery on his arms since they are the most burned part of him. His chest and face also have patches of burns but we will not know until he is cleaned up. Internally he looks fine, they have his lung inflated."
"Jamie has more burns on her body, and we are waiting on the scans for her. Her burns mostly consist of her upper body. Her arms already had the surgery they will be doing on Jake to help relieve the tension from the burns. They are both still critical at this point, but Jamie is more so than Jake." Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said his office was notified that the Hylands were missing on Tuesday and located them hours later. While the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, Hawley said Uri's death will be labeled a homicide if it turns out to be an arson.
“It’s a miracle with a sad ending,” Jake's cousin, Jim Mabry, said. “They survived, but lost a child.”— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 10, 2020
He added, “They loved their son. He was their ray of hope.” https://t.co/j2LGFhLieI
"It would be treated as a homicide if it were to be determined to be a human-caused, criminal fire," the sheriff said. "That's the way we're investigating this at this point, because if we don't collect everything at this point, we can't go back and do that." Hawley then revealed that Uri's death is one of the most tragic wildfire-related deaths he's seen in his 25 years of service. "The death of a one-year-old doesn't even compare to when we reach our adulthood and we have choices to be places," he said. "To even be talking about the death of a one-year-old is just devastating."
Friends of mine that were caught in one of the Washington wildfires. They have experienced unspeakable pain in the last few days. Their one year old did not make it. Please pray for Jake, Jamie and their unborn child. Go Fund Me https://t.co/eSOZE7U3Gm #wildfire #washingtonfires— Shannon Blockton (@ShannonBlockton) September 10, 2020
Jamie's sister also gave an update on their condition. “Jamie is stable, but in critical condition (I know that sounds contradictory, but it is what they are saying). She is on fluids and her kidneys are stable. She has multiple infections (I don’t know where). But she is responding well to antibiotics. They believe she will be intubated for the foreseeable future (could be a day or many more they just don’t know yet). They pulled some fluid that concerned them from her lungs. They will be doing a scope of some sort to see how badly her lungs are damaged from the smoke," said DawnMaire, adding that Jake has about 4-6 surgeries ahead of him.
I am so sorry for your loss and I hope and pray that please to recover. This is just the worst news.— (((Kathy Hennessy))) (@handmadekathy) September 10, 2020
Hawley also made it a point to praise the efforts of firefighters battling blazes around his community. However, he expressed his frustration with the lack of resources. He added that there is a delay in aid all over because there are dozens of wildfires are currently burning across the state of Washington and around the western US. "We're competing for resources just like everyone across the nation," he said. The GoFundMe page has managed to raise $154,049 raised of its $200,000 target. They still need more funds to help meet their expensive medical bills. You can click here if you wish to donate.
I’m so sorry, Shannon. Thinking of your friends Just devastating. 💔— Lenies Pictures ™️ (@Leniespictures) September 10, 2020