Cops: Mom left kids alone, house went up in flames

Posted: March 30, 2014

WHO KNOWS how close the city came to witnessing a horrific tragedy earlier this week.

Three children, all under age 10, were alone in their Brewerytown rowhouse on Thursday when police say a bed went up in flames after one of the tots started to fiddle with a lighter.

Authorities said the kids were saved thanks to some heroic police officers and firefighters, who rushed into the house, on Newkirk Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, and pulled the youngsters outside.

Their mother, however, was nowhere in sight.

Police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for Lorraine Wilson, 31, on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wilson allegedly left her children - two boys, ages 4 and 9, and a girl, age 2 - home alone at 1 p.m.

About 5 1/2 hours later, police said, the 9-year-old noticed that his younger brother was playing with a lighter in a second-floor bedroom.

The older boy took the lighter and put it in the bathroom, only to realize that the bed was already on fire.

Police said the boy tried to put out the fire himself. He ran to the back of the house and screamed for help when his efforts failed.

Cops who arrived at the scene broke into the house through a front window and removed the 9-year-old, who had suffered cuts to his hands and feet, and smoke inhalation, while firefighters removed the younger kids, who also suffered smoke inhalation.

Police said the children were treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and released to their maternal grandmother, at the direction of the Department of Human Services.

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