Second Woman Dies in Fire

NY Times - December 26, 2006


A second woman has died in an apartment fire in Brooklyn that the authorities said was started by a 2-year-old boy who had been playing with matches. The woman, Carol Porter Campbell, 45, died on Sunday at Jacobi Medical Center, officials said. Ms. Campbell had been living in the same apartment building on Albemarle Road as the toddler's mother, Sandra Stephens, 45, who was killed in the late Friday night blaze. The toddler, Kyle, remained in the burn unit yesterday at Staten Island University Hospital, officials said. The authorities said they believed that Kyle set fire to a mattress about 11:40 p.m. on Friday.

Other family members tried to drag the burning mattress out of the apartment, but it became stuck. Kyle's 14-year-old brother broke his ankle while fleeing the fire, while an 8-year-old sister escaped unhurt. Two other people also got out without serious injury.