Teen dead, infant hurt after fire in Essex home

Police say 1 p.m. blaze didn't kill 13-year-old, label death suspicious

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July 26, 2005|By Anica Butler and Danny Jacobs | Anica Butler and Danny Jacobs,SUN STAFF

Firefighters answering a call at an Essex rowhouse yesterday found a teenage girl dead inside the house, apparently not from the fire, police said yesterday.

Police termed the girl's death suspicious but would not give details of her injuries or say why they suspected that she had not died from the fire. Police said they were awaiting autopsy results.

Also inside the house was the girl's 7-month-old stepsister, who was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center with fire-related injuries, police said. Attempts to obtain the girl's condition last night were unsuccessful.

The girl who died was identified by police as Breaunna Floyd, 13. Police identified the injured infant as Mosett Evans.

Firefighters were called to the 900 block of Foxridge Lane around 1 p.m., said Elise Armacost, a fire department spokeswoman. The one-alarm fire was under control by 1:30 p.m., Armacost said.

The blaze began on the first floor, police said. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found the baby and the dead teenager upstairs, Armacost said. Police said they were the only two there when firefighters arrived.

The two-story rowhouse with brick facade is the end unit of a row of five on Foxridge Lane. Most of the house's windows were broken open, and a window screen was crumpled on the overhang of the front porch.

The front and back doors were open, revealing what appeared to be a charred interior on the first floor. Police said the second floor had also been damaged.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Armacost said.

Neighbors said the family living at the home had only been there four or five months. Kerlesia Givens, 44, who lives down the block, said she thought a family of four - two adults, an adolescent and a young child - lived at the home.

"They were good kids and a good family," Givens said.

She said she saw smoke coming from the side of the house and thought perhaps the neighbors were grilling, then went around the back of the house to see what was happening. Another neighbor called 911, Givens said.

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