As three members of the Budzilo family remain hospitalized after a devastating June 22 fire in Port Richmond, officials have finally discovered the cause of the blaze.
Philly Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers announced June 25 that the fire, which killed a toddler and destroyed the family’s 2-story row home, started from an overheated extension cord.
The fire occurred on the 2700-block of Madison Street during the early afternoon.
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According to fire officials, the hot extension cord sparked a flame on the 2nd floor of the Budzilos’ house.
The resulting fire critically injured family members.
Rescuers rushed the victims -- three young boys, their pregnant mother, and their grandfather -- to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children June 22.
On June 23, 3-year-old Nicholas Budzilo died due to smoke inhalation. He and his older brother Christopher had been stuck in the flames on the 2nd floor during the fire.
Five-year-old Christopher and 1-year-old Jake Budzilo, as well as their grandfather Gene, are still in the hospital.
Now at Temple University Hospital, fifty-year-old Gene Budzilo is in critical condition.
The boys’ mother Debbie has been released as of June 23.