Father sets fire to his Florida apartment with 3 young children inside after a fight with their mother

By EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Velmando J. Williams, 22, was charged with attempted murder and first degree arson after he allegedly set the Riviera Beach apartment on fire on Friday nightA father is accused of setting fire to his Florida apartment with his three young children inside following a domestic dispute with their mother.

Velmando J. Williams, 22, was charged with attempted murder and first degree arson after he allegedly set the Riviera Beach apartment on fire on Friday night.

Neighbors and firefighters used hammers and chairs to smash the windows so they could rescue the trapped children, including a one-month-old girl and two boys aged one and three.

The two boys were handed out the window of the second-floor unit.

Authorities had to use a thermo-imaging device to locate the baby girl because of how thick the smoke was.

The girl was found unconsciousness lying on a bed. She was being shielded from the flames by a door that had fallen on top of her.

Firefighters used hammers and chairs to smash the windows so they could rescue the trapped children, including a one-month-old girl and two boys aged one and three

Authorities say Williams set the unit on fire after getting into a dispute with the children's 19-year-old mother

‘I have no idea how that door ended up on top of that baby. I’ll take every bit of luck I can,’ Riviera Beach Fire Rescue chief Ken Brock told the Palm Beach Post.

The girl was revived outside by paramedics and remains in hospital. Her two brothers have since been released from hospital.

Authorities say Williams set the unit on fire after getting into a dispute with the children’s 19-year-old mother.

The mother is believed to have left the apartment shortly before the fire started.

The fire destroyed their unit and damaged six other neighboring apartments.

Williams was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

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