BUCKEYE, AZ — Two children have died and one other was taken to a hospital after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool at a Buckeye home.
Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, emergency crews were called to a home on Hess Avenue, near Interstate 10 and Miller Road, for reports of a drowning.
Officials with the Buckeye Fire Department say three children were taken to Phoenix Children's hospital.
Two of the children, a 2-year-old and 3-year-old, were airlifted to a hospital in critical condition where they later died.
Our hearts go out to the family who have lost two children. Despite the life-saving efforts of the first responders and the hospital staff the two and three year olds have passed. The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/vedy01hB2L— Buckeye Police Dept (@BuckeyeAZPD) September 14, 2021
The third child, a 1-year-old, was taken by an ambulance in stable condition and is expected to be released from the hospital.
Officials also say two other people were evaluated on the scene and did not require transportation.
Police say a man, said to be a relative, was at the home at the time of the incident. There was no fence around the pool.
The Buckeye Police Department and the City of Buckeye Fire Marshal will be conducting an investigation into the incident.
In a separate incident, Phoenix fire responded to a second near-drowning call in Ahwatukee a few hours later.