2006-04-28 / Front Page

Nighttime Fire Kills Couple


Firefighters do battle as flames engulf a home on Beach 12 Street early Wednesday morning. The couple who lived there lost their lives as a result of the blaze.Firefighters do battle as flames engulf a home on Beach 12 Street early Wednesday morning. The couple who lived there lost their lives as a result of the blaze. A married couple - who were reportedly preparing to spend their Golden Years in Florida - died Wednesday after an early morning electrical fire raged in their Far Rockaway home, filling it with deadly smoke and flames.

Gloria and Joseph Ghent, Guyanese immigrants in their 60s, were trapped inside their home at 312 Beach 12 Street by the two-alarm blaze, which was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Sources said the fire was sparked by a short circuit or a faulty boiler in the basement.

Joseph, who had recently suffered a stroke and had limited mobility, was pronounced dead at the scene; Gloria was barely clinging to life when firefighters rescued her. She had suffered major smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead a short time later at St. John's Hospital.

The couple, Far Rockaway residents for more than 20 years, had purchased a second home in Orlando, Florida, according to a report in the Daily News.

Damage to the house, particularly the rear section, was extensive.Damage to the house, particularly the rear section, was extensive. On Wednesday afternoon, Gloria's grieving brothers, Rupert and Reginald Clarke, said their sister was a very sweet and gentle lady who would be missed by many people.

Neighbors remembered the Ghents as a loving couple, who were devoted to their 45-year marriage and to religion.

Funeral arrangements were unclear at press time.

Three firefighters suffered injuries as they battled the blaze, which took about 90 minutes to bring under control.

Return to top


Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2014 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History

 

 

Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Riding the Wave with Mark Healey on BlogTalkRadio