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June 25, 1997 | By John Way Jennings and Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An East Camden woman was hospitalized after a house fire, and a Camden policeman was burned on the arm rescuing her from the roof of her porch late Monday night. Authorities yesterday were still searching for the cause of the blaze, but said they had all but ruled out the possibility of arson. Patricia M. Rich, 59, of the first block of South 34th Street, was listed in stable condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, where she is being treated for smoke inhalation and cuts.
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June 26, 1997 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 40-year-old woman died after a late-night fire in a Pennwood Crossing mobile home, authorities said yesterday. Bucks County Coroner Thomas Rosko identified the woman as Theresa Birdseye of the 4300 block of Dover Drive. Birdseye was breathing when the rescuers carried her outside and rushed her to the Delaware Valley Medical Center. She was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. Deputy Coroner Robert Zebley said Birdseye died of smoke inhalation and suffered second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body.
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January 3, 2001 | By Angela Valdez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A two-alarm fire, apparently started by careless smoking, damaged eight rooms of the Hallmark Motel on Route 130 early yesterday, police said. The blaze broke out in a first-floor room a little before 1 a.m., spread to the second floor, and eventually burned through the roof, said Sgt. William Covert, the Cinnaminson Police Department fire investigator. Five adults and a 2 1/2-month-old boy were in the room when the fire began. Police believe a carelessly discarded cigarette smoldered after they fell asleep.
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April 3, 1998 | By Denise-Marie Balona and Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
Sixteen employees of the Garden State Reception and Youth Correctional Facility were treated for smoke inhalation yesterday after a fire ignited in exhaust ducts leading from wood-shop machinery. No one was seriously injured, and all the employees were released by the afternoon from three hospitals, said Pat Mulcahy, a spokeswoman for the 1,900-inmate, low- to medium-security facility. None of the inmates was injured. The cause of the fire remained under investigation last night.
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March 17, 1995 | By Suzette Hackney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A township woman died Wednesday in a fast-moving fire that ravaged her houseboat, which was docked at Marrow's Marina on the Delaware River. Debra Ann Zeuner, 38, was found dead about 3:30 p.m. on her boat at the marina, which is in the 400 block of Swarthmore Avenue, after the fire was extinguished. She died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, according to the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office. A spokesman for the office said Zeuner and her husband, Donald, lived on the boat.
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January 29, 2001 | By Chani Katzen, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Two children were found dead, lying side by side in a bedroom, after a fast-moving house fire at their grandmother's house yesterday afternoon, family members and fire officials said. Family members said the children's uncle Robert Murray tried to rescue Stafford Lee, 4, called "Little Sty," and his sister, Syairah, 2, who were playing in a second-floor bedroom, by climbing onto a balcony. But fire officials said he was turned back by heavy smoke. The children, who lived with their mother, Tamyra Durnell, in Chester, were visiting their grandmother, Alice M. Durnell, when the blaze broke out, said Tara Durnell, a cousin of the children.
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May 21, 2010 | INQUIRER STAFF
One person was injured and 19 were displaced early Thursday when fire damaged six units in a townhouse complex that is part of an effort to revitalize the city's Brewerytown section. Fire officials said a woman who was among the displaced was later taken to Temple University Hospital after complaining of chest pains. A man who was rescued from the roof of the row of homes on the 310 block of Master Street was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
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March 1, 1996 | By Suzette Parmley and Karen E. Quinones Miller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sandra Randall's smoke detector was her 4-year-old daughter. " 'Mommy, I smell something,' " Alexa Randall said about 7:35 p.m. yesterday, just after her mother made her a cup of hot chocolate. Sandra Randall, 33, realized right away that it was smoke - her first indication of a smoky fire that forced the evacuation of about 60 people, many of them elderly, from a Chestnut Hill apartment building. A 65-year-old woman was in critical condition last night at Chestnut Hill Hospital, being treated for severe smoke inhalation, authorities said.
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February 2, 2000 | By Mark Binker, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fire destroyed a two-story home on Patton Drive yesterday afternoon, injuring a 66-year-old man who escaped the blaze with his wife and grandson. George Bittner was treated and released for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands, face and legs at Abington Memorial Hospital as firefighters extinguished the last of a fire that destroyed his home, gutting both the first and second floors. When the blaze started about noon, Bittner was home with his wife, Lillian, and 5-year-old grandson Ryan.
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December 16, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police and fire officials are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Bucks County man whose body was found inside a burning car in Doylestown Borough early yesterday. Bucks County Coroner Thomas J. Rosko said Charles Andrew Riegel of Perkasie was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after firefighters were called to extinguish a car fire in a parking lot at the rear of an apartment house in the 200 block of West State Street. Rosko said an initial examination of Riegel's body showed no signs of foul play.
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August 9, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, Staff Writer
Backyard barbecuing or sitting around a campfire in the summer, toasty hands and roasted chestnuts in the winter - in any season, people love a nice fire. And in the smoke that those flames produce, scientists may have found a clue to the success of our species. For prehistoric humans, including Neanderthals, fire was their technology, providing heat, light, and a means of making more foods digestible. But when they made those fires in caves, they would also inhale great quantities of smoke and its toxic chemicals.
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August 1, 2016
A fire early Saturday morning in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia sent one person to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a fire dispatcher said. The fire was reported about 3 a.m. on the 2800 block of North Palethorp Street, and was put under control shortly afterward. 6ABC reported that a 2-year-old child suffered smoke inhalation in the house fire and was sent to the hospital. It said the toddler is expected to be OK. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
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July 11, 2016
A fire that erupted at a West Philadelphia rowhouse early Saturday sent a few firefighters and residents to a hospital for minor injuries and spread to at least two other homes, authorities said. Flames broke out at the home on the 5800 block of Larchwood Avenue at about 1:05 a.m., with heavy fire on the first and second floors, a Fire Department dispatcher said. The dwelling was fully engulfed and the fire spread to at least two other homes. A few firefighters were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for minor injuries and were in stable condition, the dispatcher said.
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April 28, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
After a firebombing in Olney that killed five people - one of them an infant - in 2003, then-Fire Commissioner Harold B. Hairston said, "This is murder, there is no question about it. " But for nearly 13 years, the question of who set the fire and why remained - until Tuesday, when Police Homicide Capt. James Clark announced an arrest in the case and said the motive for the deadly blaze was "pride. " Clark said police arrested Abdu Rivera, 32, of Holmesburg, on Monday and charged him with five counts of murder and related offenses in the Nov. 18, 2003, arson that killed boxer John Santiago, 23; his girlfriend, Clarissa DaVila, 17; Santiago's daughter, 3-month-old Jacqueline; his brother, 17-year-old Alex; and his mother, Francesca DeJesus, 41. Before the fire, Santiago, a featherweight boxer and three-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champ, had gotten into a fight outside a club with Rivera and his friends, Clark said, and easily defeated them.
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March 20, 2016
A fire that broke out at a beauty salon early Saturday morning in Kensington injured one person, authorities said. The 2 a.m. fire at the Bamboo Beauty Salon on the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue was placed under control about 20 minutes later, a fire dispatcher said. One man was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition. 6abc reported that the man lived in an apartment above the business and was being treated for smoke inhalation. It said firefighters were investigating the blaze as suspicious.
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February 15, 2016
A fire broke out early Saturday morning at a Bucks County apartment complex, sending two people to a hospital for minor injuries, authorities said. The fire erupted at about 5:20 a.m. at the Foxwood Manor apartments, 2180 Veterans Highway, in Levittown. It was extinguished shortly after 6 a.m., Deputy Chief Robert Johnson of the William Penn Fire Company in Hulmeville said. A man and a woman who lived in one apartment went to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said.
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October 10, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A SMALL FIRE at a Delaware County assisted-living facility killed a disabled 63-year-old man, injured two staffers and prompted the evacuation of 38 other residents Wednesday night. Investigators haven't announced yet what caused the 9:33 p.m. blaze at the Elwyn Institute's Media campus in Middletown Township. The fire broke out in the victim's bedroom in Elwyn's one-story Smith Hall, said State Trooper John Stewart of the fire marshal's unit. Autopsy results on the victim, a "total care" resident whose name wasn't released, are pending, Stewart said.
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July 27, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating a "suspicious" fire that ripped through a South Philadelphia rowhouse Friday, injuring two adults and a child forced to flee the blaze. Police at the same time credited one of their own - Lt. Jonathan Josey - with rushing into the burning building to alert residents. Early Friday evening, police said they had a male in custody and charges were expected. No further information on the suspect was available. The Fire Department said the blaze, on the 1700 block of Sigel Street, was reported shortly before 6:15 a.m. and witnesses told investigators they saw someone throw something into the house.
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July 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
DEWEN BOWAH's right arm is still bandaged, hiding severe burns from the fatal flames of the Gesner Street fire. She sat last night on the porch of her sister's house in Darby, her voice barely above a whisper - the lingering effects of smoke inhalation. Bowah deferred questions to Milton Musa, the man who caught two of her daughters as they leaped from their burning home July 5. Her youngest girls, twins Maria and Marialla, perished in the terrible inferno. "It's a sad, sad situation," Musa said.
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July 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN A MATTER OF minutes, the Gesner Street inferno consumed four lives early Saturday. Last night, four days after the destructive flames were extinguished, those whose lives were touched by the fire were consumed by questions. One of those victims, Dewen Bowah, 41, remained in stable condition yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, receiving treatment for burns and smoke inhalation after rescuing three of her kids from her burning house, according to Michael Chea, a member of the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania, who visited Bowah yesterday.
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