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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two firefighters were recovering from severe
burns while battling a fire at a Hollywood Hills mansion that
killed veteran film and TV character actor Royce Applegate, a
co-star of the old sci-fi series "SeaQuest DSV."
The firefighters were in stable condition Thursday after
undergoing surgery on their arms, hands and legs.
"Their burns are profoundly painful and potentially
debilitating," Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
Applegate was found dead on New Year's Day after flames swept
through the three-story home atop the Hollywood Hills. A couple who
lived on a lower floor of the house escaped without injury,
The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.
Firefighter Rio Hernandez, 26, fell through the burning roof and
was burned over 20 percent of his body, mostly to his arms and
legs, said Lisa Berry, a spokeswoman for the Grossman Burn Center
at Sherman Oaks Hospital.
Firefighter Dave Rogers, 46, received burns over roughly 8
percent of his body, mostly to his hands and legs, Berry said.
An autopsy was performed but a finding on the cause of
Applegate's death was deferred until the results of toxicology
tests were known, coroner's spokesman David Campbell said.
Applegate's entertainment career spanned more than 30 years. He
made guest appearances on various TV shows such as "Charlie's
Angels," "Dallas" "Little House on the Prairie" and "Home
He played Chief Manilow Crocker in the early 1990s TV series
"SeaQuest DSV," which followed a crew trying to keep underwater
peace as mankind colonized the oceans. The series also starred Roy
Scheider and Michael Ironside.
Applegate appeared in such films as "Splash," "History of the
World: Part I," "Gettysburg" and most recently "The Rookie."
Applegate is scheduled to appear in two films this year, including
"Talking In Your Sleep" and "Gods and Generals," where he plays
Civil War Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper. He played the same role in
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