House fire kills 1 boy, injures his twin

May 11, 2009 2:56:37 PM PDT
An early morning house fire in Southwest Philadelphia has claimed the life of one 12-year-old boy and critically injured his twin brother.The blaze broke out a little before 3:15 Monday morning on the second floor of a row home in the 7600 block of Dickens Avenue.

The name of the boy who died is Wade Cooper. His 12-year-old fraternal twin, Freddy, was seriously hurt.

Investigators think the boys were in the same second floor bedroom. It is believed they fell asleep playing video games.

Four people in the house managed to escape the quick-moving fire -- two adults, Freddy Cooper and the twins' older sister, Tiffany.

Freddy Cooper was transferred to Crozier Chester Hospital, but relative Carlton Taylor said he is expected to recover.

"They said he was okay, he's going to make it. He has burns on his face," Taylor said.

Investigators say it was Freddy Cooper who alerted everyone in the house of the fire.

When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting out of a second floor window.

The people who got out of the house told firefighters that Wade Cooper was still trapped in the burning building.

Firefighters managed to find him in a second floor bedroom, but not in time to save his life.

Crews were able to put out the fire quickly.

Firefighters found two smoke alarms in the house. One was in the basement chirping because the battery was dying.

The other one was on the second floor in pieces.

Later Monday, firefighters went door-to-door offering working smoke detectors to neighbors.

Investigators have not yet ruled on a cause of this fire.

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