Duplex fire kills father, son

mother in hospital

Damage set at $100,000 in Lansdowne blaze

October 21, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A father and son were killed and a woman was seriously injured in a fire at their home in Lansdowne yesterday morning that fire investigators suspect started when an early morning snack was left unattended on the stove.

Leslie Raubach, 58, was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after Baltimore County firefighters rescued her from the burning two-story duplex in the first block of Elizabeth Ave.

Her husband, David Raubach Sr., 60, was rescued from the house but died at St. Agnes Hospital.

Their son, David Raubach Jr., 31, was found dead after the fire was extinguished, authorities said.

Neighbors said that the family had lived on the street for several decades and that David Raubach Jr. was born in the house.

They said Leslie Raubach had a stroke several years ago and her husband, a retired maintenance man, had been taking care of her.

"She was such a nice woman," said Hazel Scheminant, a neighbor. "After the stroke, she could hardly walk or talk. Her husband had been faithfully taking care of her."

An unidentified woman who lived in an apartment in the house escaped the fire unharmed, said Baltimore County Fire Capt. Michael W. Robinson.

Robinson said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but that it appeared to be accidental -- started by food left unattended on the kitchen stove. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

About 50 firefighters worked for 30 minutes to control the fire, which had engulfed the house when crews arrived shortly before 3 a.m.

Fire investigators did not find any smoke detectors in the house, Robinson said.

The deaths of the father and son are the 14th and 15th fatalities from fires in the county this year, he said.

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