12-08-2002, 08:07 AM #1
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4 year-old runs back into burning home - dies
Boy, 4, dies after running into house fire
By The Associated Press
DIXONVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A 4-year-old boy died in a house fire when he broke free from his mother's grasp steps from the front door and ran to the back of the burning house, relatives said.
Dustin Detwiler died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning in the fire Friday morning in Dixonville, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, authorities said.
"Whenever I ran from the kitchen into the living room, I went to grab both of them and he just like slid out of my hands," said Dustin's mother, Rebecca Lahman.
She and her 2-year-old daughter escaped the fire unharmed.
Firefighters and neighbors tried to rescue the boy but were turned away by the intense flames, which gutted the home in minutes, witnesses said.
"They said a fireman tried to get him and it melted his hat," said Fred Detwiler, Dustin's grandfather.
State police fire marshals were trying to determine the cause of the fire.
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