Northeast Times

No working smoke alarms in fatal fire

Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers dis­trib­uted smoke de­tect­ors on Tues­day along the Ox­ford Circle block where a row­house blaze three days earli­er claimed the life of a neigh­bor­hood wo­man.

Au­thor­it­ies iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Mary Jo Cas­trantas, 52, of the 6000 block of Sum­mer­dale Ave. She was taken to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter in crit­ic­al con­di­tion im­me­di­ately after the fire and later died from lung in­jur­ies and car­bon monox­ide pois­on­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia med­ic­al ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

The blaze began at about 2:30 p.m. in the vic­tim’s two-story row­house. Fire­fight­ers ob­served flames on the first floor and heavy smoke on the second. They pulled the vic­tim from the home while pre­vent­ing the fire from spread­ing to ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties.

Fire de­part­ment of­fi­cials said the home had no work­ing smoke alarms. The cause of the blaze re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

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