2 Teens Killed In Tacony Apartment Fire

By Al Novack and Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two teenage siblings were killed and their mother was critically injured in a fire in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.

The fire started at about 4:45 a.m. inside an apartment that is located above a beauty salon in the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, they were reportedly told that no one was inside the second floor apartment building. However, minutes later, a neighbor alerted them that several residents were indeed inside the apartment.

Firefighters immediately entered the building and found the family inside the apartment.

Family members say 13-year-old Anthony Ramos, a student at Hamilton Disston Elementary, was pronounced dead at the scene. 19-year-old Crystal Boretto also died, according to her half brother Phillip Searle. A third woman, Gloria Searle, is in the hospital in critical condition, according to her son.

The fire was placed under control in about an hour.

Fire officials said no smoke alarms were found inside the building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  1. nicole says:

    i lived in very same apt 6 yrs ago with my kids and bf it should of been condemmed the fired probably started bc the electric was rigged to one meter i have the pecco bill to proove it i never paid the rent bc of the issues and problems mold rats mice u name it it wasnt livable however i am sry for your loss its not the mothers fault that this happen there was never smoke detectors i live there 2 yrs its the landlords responsibilty death trap so let the poor lady grieve in peace god bless

  2. nicole says:

    5 yrs ago i lived in that building with my 3 children and there father that building was not livable the electric was faulty especially in the loft its no ones fault that this happen except the person who owned it all the electric was ran off one meter i paid for the gas and electric i doubt its fixed my bills with pecco will proove it i am sry for your loss. i got chills when i seen the email from a pastor that ran the church next door. my prayers are with your family god bless

  3. LOLA says:

    IN RESPONSE TO TJ WHO SAID THE MOTHER SHOULD LIVE WITH THE FACT THAT THERE WERE NO WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS IN THE HOUSE,,,YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!. WHY NOT KEEP HER IN YOUR PRAYERS. HER CHILDREN WERE TAKEN FROM HER AND SHE HAD NO CONTROL OVER THAT..
    LOLA

    1. nikki says:

      i agree with u lived in that same apt 6 yrs ago never smoke detectors the landlord was grimy there was rats mice and mold the electricity was wired to one meter fire happen that poor lady is already blaming herself i was beaten half to death in the living room no good memoreies came of that place the it should of been condemmend not remolded or got quick makeover who ever put these people in this situation should be in jail so i seen it as a crime scene. i actually was upset when i got the email seen the news my prayers are with the family

  4. TJ says:

    Yeah they mother should have to live with not having working smoke detectors in her home that more than likely would have helped to avoid this tragedy.

  5. TJ says:

    Notice how there is no mention of how long it took for the fire department to get to the fire. If Engine 38 hadn’t been closed, they would have been there in minutes…very sad

  6. kate says:

    RIP — may the mother survive and be able to live with the loss of her children
    so sad

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