Boy, 14, dies in Olney rowhouse fire

Posted: February 19, 2014

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy with autism died of injuries from a fire yesterday in his Olney rowhouse, authorities said.

The blaze was reported about 5 p.m. on 9th Street near Louden. It began on the first floor and spread to at least three other houses before it was brought under control at 5:36 p.m., Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.

The boy was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m., Ayers said. His identity was not immediately released.

The Red Cross was housing five people evacuated by the fire, spokesman Dave Schrader said. Among them were the boy's grandparents and a 28-year-old sister, Ayers said.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the blaze as of last night.

It was the area's third fatal fire in three days. On Saturday, an 86-year-old woman died in Springfield, Delaware County, and on Sunday a 98-year-old woman died inside her West Philadelphia rowhouse.


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