Quincy, Massachusetts Woman Killed In House Fire

A 30-year-old woman was killed in a three-alarm fire in Quincy, despite attempts to rescue her by a neighbor and police.


QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- A 30-year-old woman was killed in a three-alarm fire in Quincy, despite attempts to rescue her by a neighbor and police.

The victim was identified as Chan Tang by Norfolk District Attorney William Keating. Her father, whose name was not released, was taken to Quincy Medical Center. His condition was unknown.

Officials said the fire broke out around 8 p.m. Wednesday, driving four of the five people inside from the house. One of the victims knocked on neighbor Michael Casey's door to use the phone. He wet a towel, threw it over his head and went inside. Casey was joined by police officers John McIssac, Roger White and Paul Brown.

But they were turned back by smoke and flames after reaching the second floor.

``I can't say enough about their heroism and courage,'' Quincy Police Chief Robert Crowley said.

It took firefighters three hours to douse the flames, partly because cold temperatures froze fire hoses.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, officials said.

``All the early indications lead us into the direction that it was not foul play,'' Keating said.