Monday, February 18, 2002

Ohio teen dies in suspicious fire

The Associated Press

        SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A 13-year-old boy died in a fire that officials have labeled suspicious.

        Olajuwon Frederick Carson died about 5 a.m. Saturday after a blaze engulfed the two-story duplex that his family shared with another family. Twelve others living in the building were not injured.

        The cause of the fire had not been determined, but investigators think it could have been set deliberately, Battalion Chief Steve Goheen said.

        Smoke detectors alerted the families, and Olajuwon's relatives tried to go back into the house when they realized he remained inside, fire Lt. Rick Williams said.

        Fire crews could not rescue the boy because a gas line ruptured near the back of the duplex, causing the fire to become more intense, he said.


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