Investigation into fire-training death continues

February 12, 2007|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter

Funeral plans are still being made for a Baltimore Fire Department recruit who died Friday during a training exercise in a vacant rowhouse.

The funeral of Racheal Wilson, 29, is expected to take place Friday, said Priscilla Neal, the mother of Wilson's longtime boyfriend.

"We're in the process of making plans right now," Neal said yesterday, adding that a time and location for the event had yet to be set.

There are also plans to set up a fund for Wilson's two children, Neal said.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said that no activity was being scheduled at the site of the incident, a vacant rowhouse in the 100 block of S. Calverton Road.

The cause of Wilson's death has yet to be determined. A number of agencies, in addition to the city Fire Department, are investigating the death, including the Baltimore Police Department's arson detection squad, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health.

Today a team of grief counselors - social workers, school psychologists and guidance counselors - are expected at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, which Wilson's children attend, said Vanessa Pyatt, a city school system spokeswoman. The counselors will assist staff and students.

arin.gencer@baltsun.com

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