Boy, 3, dies after fire in bedroom Father saves two other sons from burning home


A 3-year-old triplet was killed and his two brothers and father were injured in a fire at their Pasadena home early yesterday, a county fire official said.

Matthew Russo suffered second-degree burns over most of his body and died about 3: 15 a.m. at North Arundel Hospital, said Lt. Robert Kornmann of the Anne Arundel Fire Department.

Paul Russo, 27, Matthew's father, who suffered smoke inhalation and burns, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Kornmann said.

A spokeswoman for the center said he was released later yesterday.

Kornmann said Matthew's brothers, Brandon and Paul, also 3, suffered burns and smoke inhalation and were treated at Shock Trauma and released.

According to Kornmann, the fire broke out in a second-floor bedroom just after 2 a.m. at the Russo home in the 600 block of Cyril Ave.

Paul Russo ran from the house with one boy and then went back inside and got another son, Kornmann said. But the father could not get to Matthew, who was under a bed trying to escape the flames, said Steve Irwin, a neighbor.

The flames were confined to the bedroom and the fire was declared under control at 2: 35 a.m., Kornmann said. He said water caused extensive damage to the first floor and damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $50,000.

The cause of the fire had not been determined, Kornmann said.

The boys' mother, who is pregnant and due to deliver within the next week, was not at home because she had gone to the hospital after feeling contractions Saturday evening, Irwin said.

Pub Date: 12/30/96

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