Family

K en Kerr, 44, a 14-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department A resident of Newburgh, New York, Kerr is survived by his wife and four children, ages four, eight, nine and eleven. His oldest son is autistic and has special needs. Kerr served in the US Air Force from 1973-1977. In 1986 he joined the department and was assigned to Engine 90 on White Plains Road in the Bronx where he spent his entire career.

Kerr, an avid sportsman and hobbyist. His love of children made him a natural to play Santa Claus at the firehouse's Christmas parties. His latest pursuit was restoring a small boat.

Fatal Fire

The Building
The fire started at about 9:30 AM in a six-story apartment building at 2040 Bronxdale Avenue. The initial call indicated a rubbish fire in the hallway. But the elevator fire illustrated once again that there are no routine calls for New York