Essex teen-ager dies in house fire

December 09, 1990|By Susan Schoenberger

A 14-year-old boy was killed early yesterday in a fire that began in his bedroom in an Essex row house, authorities said.

Bernard Langley of the 1500 block of Hopewell Avenue died in the fire, which began at 3:45 a.m. His father's girlfriend, Janet Ann Depalo, 41, of the same address was critically injured, fire officials said.

Five police officers, who were the first to arrive at the scene, entered the house to try to rescue its occupants and were overcome by smoke. The five officers were treated for smoke inhalation at Franklin Square Hospital and Key Medical Center and released, officials said.

Fire investigator Wayne Real said the cause of the one-alarm fire, which began in the boy's second- floor bedroom, has yet to be determined. The fire caused about $25,000 damage to the row house and some minor smoke damage to an adjacent house, he said.

Ms. Depalo was taken to Franklin Square Hospital, where she was in critical condition last night with severe burns, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Baltimore County police said the boy's father was at work when the blaze broke out.

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