Mom, Son Saved In Sw Phila. Fire

Posted: October 11, 1990

Quick action by firefighters saved the lives of a boy and his invalid mother who were overcome in a smoky fire yesterday in their Southwest Philadelphia home, fire officials said.

When the firefighters arrived at the fire scene shortly before 7:46 a.m., they said heavy smoke was pouring from the two-story house on 62nd Street near Elmwood Avenue.

They found Martin Little, 10, and his mother, 40, whose first name wasn't determined, unconscious in a second-floor middle bedroom.

"The mother and son showed no sign of life and appeared clinically dead," said Lt. Jack Christmas, the Fire Department spokesman.

"The firefighters carried the two down the steps to the sidewalk, where they performed life-saving CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and were able to revive both."

Christmas said the two, who suffered smoke inhalation, were expected to survive. The mother was reported in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the boy was in serious but stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

The boy is believed to have gone upstairs in an attempt to save his mother after the fire broke out in the kitchen, Christmas said. She is a stroke victim who is unable to walk.

The fire marshal said no smoke detectors were found in the home. But neighbors in dwellings to the left and right of the Martin home had detectors, and were able to evacuate their smoke-filled homes in the middle of the block.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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