2 children, suspect remain in critical condition after duplex fire

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. – Two children remained in critical condition Monday following a fire that was allegedly set by their father.

Just after 2 a.m.Thursday, police responded to a home in the 3600 block of S. Dallas St. where a woman claimed her ex-husband was driving through the grass. Police located the suspect, William Johnson, and his children but could not determine a cause to detain him.

Hours later officers responded to a duplex fire in the 11000 block of York St. where the children’s mother was found outside, covered in blood, saying Johnson was inside the home hurting the children.

Firefighters were able to rescue three people and a dog on the second story of the duplex.

Both children, one a toddler, were unconscious when paramedics transported them to area hospitals, a neighbor told FOX31 Denver.

Despite efforts by veterinarians to save the family dog, Dean, it did not survive his injuries.

William Johnson also remains in critical condition.

On Monday, the children’s mother released the following statement:

“We want to say thank you to everyone for their prayer and support. If people wish to donate, they may go to any 1st Bank branch and donate to the Rosie Johnson Fund or any Wells Fargo branch and donate to the Little Heroes Fund. Thank you again for all the prayers and please continue to do so.”

According to records  obtained by FOX31 Denver, the Johnsons filed for divorce in January. Neighbors say they appeared to be a pleasant, friendly family.