Officials continue probe of fatal fire

More information sought on 2 children killed in Brooklyn Park blaze

April 15, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County fire officials are continuing to investigate a fatal fire in Brooklyn Park that claimed the lives of two young children and their great-grandparents Tuesday morning.

The fire, which officials believe started on the porch, swept through the single-story house at 123 Cherry Lane in Morris Hill, killing longtime residents Wilmond Tucker, 84, and Hannah Tucker, 75, his wife.

Two of the Tuckers' great-grandchildren, Brock Jr., 8, and Braxton, 6, who were visiting from North Carolina on their spring break, also died.

Fire officials still were trying to determine yesterday where in North Carolina the family was from and how long the children had been expected to visit their great-grandparents.

"We understand they were visiting, but we don't know for how long or any of that," said Anne Arundel fire Capt. Lee Cornwell.

Cornwell said the children's father, Brock Sr., was visiting the Eastern Shore at the time of the fire. He rushed to the scene, but was too distraught to speak directly with fire investigators and instead communicated through a relative. Cornwell said the children's mother, whose name he did not know, was in North Carolina at the time of the fire but was en route to Maryland.

Tucker family members in Morris Hill and Woodlawn declined to comment yesterday.

Neighbors said Hannah Tucker used a wheelchair and rarely left the house. Though Wilmond Tucker had once been active in local affairs, neighbors said he had become ill and wasn't active anymore.

The fire resulted in about $65,000 in damage to the home, fire officials said. The cause had not been determined, but it was believed to be accidental.

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