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Participants in the Welcome America Parade pass below the National Museum of America Jewish History while carrying a giant flag down Market street near Fifth Street.
Participants in the Welcome America Parade pass below the National Museum of America Jewish History while carrying a giant flag down Market street near Fifth Street. (ED Hille / Staff photographer)
Posted: July 05, 2011

4-year-old dies in G'town fire

Authorities said a weekend fire in an East Germantown rowhouse claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy and critically injured his teenage brother and sister.

The blaze in the 500 block of East Herman Street was reported just after 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Hudgins said the 4-year-old's body was found in an upstairs bedroom. His name was not released. Hudgins said the teenagers managed to get out on their own but were taken to the Temple Burn Center, reportedly in critical condition.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Free music fest on July 16

Canadian R&B artist Melanie Fiona and Atlanta neo-soul singer Anthony David will perform at a free music festival this month at Penn's Landing.

The pair will join British R&B singer Estelle for the Global Fusion Festival on July 16.

The show takes place from noon to 8 p.m. at Penn's Landing.

The festival is organized by the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, part of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

ODs linked to 'Hellfire' heroin

Law enforcement officials said that several recent heroin overdoses in the Camden area apparently are linked to an extremely dangerous batch of the drug that's being sold in some city neighborhoods.

Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said yesterday 11 people who were treated at Cooper Hospital between Friday and Sunday apparently used the same brand of heroin, which may be laced with fentanyl or some other dangerous substance. It's apparently being sold by street dealers in the North Camden and Whitman Park areas in bags with the name Hellfire.

Faulk said all 11 people who overdosed on the drug survived and were later released from the hospital. He said authorities were working to identify the source of the heroin.

3 die in Parkway SUV crash

Three men were killed on the Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County early yesterday when the sport utility vehicle they were riding in hit a guardrail and overturned.

Four other people were seriously injured in the crash, which occurred just after 5 a.m. in the northbound express lanes in Middletown Township.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos said the driver somehow lost control of his Ford Expedition and struck the right guardrail. The SUV then overturned at least twice, ejecting three men and two women from the back seat.

A.C. lifeguards in boat rescue

Atlantic City lifeguards rescued a man yesterday from a burning boat about a quarter-mile off the city's landmark Steel Pier area.

Beach Patrol Chief Rod Aluise said that heavy smoke was coming from the 32-foot cabin cruiser when the fire was spotted about 12:45 p.m. Two rescuers then took personal watercraft out to the scene and saw a man standing on the deck.

As Coast Guard and Marine police worked to extinguish the fire, the lifeguards got the man off the boat and brought him to shore.

- Staff and wire reports

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