Girls, ages 4 and 2, die in fire in Cambridge

March 04, 1994|By From Staff Reports

CAMBRIDGE -- A one-alarm fire here claimed the lives of two girls who were home alone Wednesday night, a state fire official said.

Tamyra Evans, 4, and Erin McNamara, 2, died of smoke inhalation, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.

The fire broke out shortly before 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the kitchen of a two-story rented duplex, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said. The girls' mother, Michelle Walker, 23, was at a neighbor's home, Mr. Thomas said.

Firefighters found the children in the living room, one on a sofa and the other on the floor.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire, Mr. Thomas said.

He said the duplex, owned by the Cambridge Housing Authority, contained two smoke detectors, but neither was working.

Sylvia Jones, executive director of the housing authority, said yesterday that each dwelling is equipped with "hard wire" electrical detectors with battery backup power as well as with fire extinguishers. She said she could not explain why the smoke detectors were not activated.

Tamyra and Erin were the ninth and 10th children to die in fires in Maryland since last Saturday. Seven children were killed in a blaze Saturday night in a Southwest Baltimore rowhouse that had no electricity. The fire broke out when candles used for lighting ignited flammable materials.

Sixteen-month-old Derrell Lovett was killed in a fire in Northeast Baltimore on Monday night. He and his 3-year-old brother, Dwan, who was playing with matches and started the fire, had been left home alone. Their mother, Lisa Lovett, 25, has been charged with abandonment.

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