03/20/2006

Teen charged in fire death of her father, an off-duty Philadelphia officer

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA- The 13-year-old daughter of a police officer has been charged with his murder, accused of setting a house fire that he died in while searching for her in the smoke, police said.

Tyrone Talington, 33, was found dead in the dining room of his home after a fire broke out in a row house in northeast Philadelphia early Sunday, authorities said.

Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said Talington's daughter apparently set the fire after a dispute with the officer. Investigators believe she poured "some kind of liquid" over clothes and paper and set it alight, he said.

The teen, seen running from the blaze, faces murder and arson charges, and will be charged as an adult, Johnson said. Police believe Talington was searching the house for the girl when he died.

"It's a very, very sad and tragic situation," Johnson said.

The one-alarm fire was declared under control in 11 minutes. Smoke detectors in the home were not working, fire investigators said.

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