Skip to comments.Fire victim was daughter of 9/11 pilot [Chick Burlingame's daughter]
Posted on 12/06/2006 6:40:51 AM PST by shhrubbery!
Guttenberg victim was daughter of 9/11 pilot
The woman killed in this morning's fire at the Galaxy Towers was the daughter of the pilot of the hijacked jet that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, authorities said this afternoon.
Wendy Burlingame, 32, was the daughter of Charles F. Burlingame III, who was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorists took control of the plane and flew it into the Pentagon, killing all 59 people on board and 125 people on the ground.
She was found dead in her apartment, apparently of smoke inhalation, after a fire started inside her bedroom sometime Monday night. Fire officials said Burlingame and her boyfriend attempted to douse the fire using water from a sink, but it quickly spread out of control. The boyfriend made it out of the apartment, but the door closed and locked behind him and he couldn't get back inside. Burlingame and her two dogs -- identified by the Humane Society as a 4-year-old female pitbull and a 3-month-old pitbull puppy -- were found dead inside.
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Fire claims life of daughter of airline pilot killed on 9/11
How awful. I'm sorry the boyfriend couldn't have helped her out as he made his way to safety.
Here's more from Newsday:
Wendy Burlingame's death was being investigated as a suspicious death, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio.
Her live-in boyfriend, whose name was not released by authorities, was also in the apartment when the fire started shortly before midnight Monday, investigators said.
According to investigators, the boyfriend told them that he and Burlingame had tried to extinguish the fire with water from a sink. When tried to flee, the boyfriend made it into the hallway, but accidentally shut and locked the front door before realizing that Burlingame was not right behind him. He wasn't able to get back in.
As firefighters rushed into the 44-story building to put out the blaze, the building resident assigned as fire warden for the night found the boyfriend outside the apartment door, visibly shaken, and led him to safety.
How very sad. This is the second lesson taught by events this week. The first was that when you are stranded by a broken down car or plane crash, stay put! The lesson here is never fight a fire! Get out and sound the alarm, and stay out!
I certainly don't mean to be critical of any of the victims in either of these sad events, but the lessons are clear.
Prayers for the families in both situations.
It sounds like that they may not believe the boyfriend's story.
horrible, especially for the family...but hopefully she's with her dad...
Debra Burlingame was one of the podium speakers at our Freep against the NY Slimes in July...
It sounds suspicious to me.
Yeah, it supposed to be women and children FIRST.
Unless the door self locked when closed there will be hell to pay.
you have freepmail
Thanks to the feminazis, we now have a whole generation or so of males who probably never even heard that phrase. Now, not only is chivalry almost dead but common courtesy is almost non-existent; it's every man for himself.
Could it be possible that the door slammed itself shut between him & Wendy with the differential in heat/air pressure between the apt & hall? Don't fires create a kind of vacuum?(Sincere questions - I know nothing whatsoever about the subject.)
Whatever happened, I suspect the boyfriend will be haunted by this for the rest of his life.
The immense tragedies that have been visited upon this family are so horrific as to be almost unspeakable.
We will find out soon enough. This is such a tragedy for this family.
What a class act, bast*rds.
Where did you hear this, CT? On the Mark Levin show last night? Guess I missed a lot of his show yesterday, didn't see the news until this morning.
Not on Mark's show, but his blog at National Review.
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