Blaze kills Cecil man, daughter

Father, 27, went back into apartment for toddler

February 16, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

A Cecil County man died with his 18-month-old daughter yesterday after he tried to rescue her from their burning apartment building, authorities said.

Brian Bibey, 27, escaped with his wife, Karen, and their eldest daughter, Haley Lynn, from the building in the first block of McCummin's Lane in Rising Sun about 6 a.m. After seeing his wife and daughter to safety, Bibey went back inside the house after his youngest daughter, Hannah, according to authorities.

"The fire was already at its peak," said Capt. Doug Megee Jr. of the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, one of a dozen units that responded to the blaze.

Firefighters later found Bibey near the front door of the family's first-floor apartment and transported him to Union Hospital in Elkton, where he was pronounced dead, said state fire marshals.

The toddler's body was found in her bedroom, officials said.

No other residents were injured during the fire, which investigators believe started in the back of the six-unit building, not in the Bibeys' apartment. Only two of the units were occupied at the time of the blaze, authorities said. Nine people were displaced by the fire.

One volunteer firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and was later released, authorities said.

The fire destroyed the building and caused about $250,000 in damage, authorities said. Fire marshals said they are investigating the cause.

Bibey had been married for about four years and "lived for his babies," said his grandmother, Betty Bibey.

"He always thought about them before he thought about himself. I'm proud of him for trying to save her," she said.

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