Clipped From The Journal News
3 die in Riverdale fire NEW YORK (AP) - A Pelham Manor police officer, his wife and their 6-month-old baby boy died early today when a fire ripped through their house in the River-dale section of the Bronx, authorities said. Police spokesman Sgt. Ed Burns said Richard Knudsen, 26, his wife, Kim, 24, and their son, Richard, Jr., were pronounced dead in their home at 362 W. 255th St. shortly after 3 a.m. They were found on the second floor of the two story house, Burns said, and the boy was found in his father's arms. Fire officials said there was no smoke detector in the house. Such a device was not required for the structure, said John Cassidy, a fire department spokesman. Cassidy said that when firefighters arrived at 362 W. 255th St. at 1:54 a.m. the house was engulfed in flames. The wood-framed house, which sits opposite a compound for diplo mats from the Soviet Union, was badly damaged in the blaze, the fire department said. Burns said a police officer posted at the Soviet compound called police and reported people screaming and glass breaking in the single-family home. Fire officials said the fire was put under control at 2:53 a.m. They described the house as a two-story frame house. Fire officials said the cause of the blaze had yet to be determined. Officials said there were no reports of other injuries. Pelham Manor police said Knudsen had been with the force for about 18 months. Sgt. William Grosskopf, who supervised Knudsen, described him as "a fine officer, an excellent officer." Grosskopf said Knudsen had been a patrol officer. He said he spoke often of his young son.