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Bronx Man Dies Looking In Apartment Fire

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A Bronx stepdad died in an apartment fire earlier today as he tried to look for his stepdaughter, who it turned out wasn't home. Police say that Tyril Royer, 65, became trapped in the third floor apartment on East 234th Street just after 12:50 a.m.

He had stayed in the apartment to save his stepdaughter.

James said she left the apartment just before the blaze broke out. The fire was blocking the apartment door, but Royer's wife, Claudette Royer, was able to climb out the fire escape. It took fire crews just over thirty minutes to get the blaze under control. Royer was taken to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His wife and one firefighter were also treated for minor injuries.

The building's super, Vincent Maldonado, described the family as pack rats and said their apartment was filled with bags. He said they'd been warned in the past the debris was a fire hazard. Fire marshals are investigating whether overloaded extension cords may have started the blaze.

 

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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.