Officer dousing fire overcome by smoke

October 10, 1990

A Baltimore County police officer was overcome by smoke early today while extinguishing a kitchen fire inside a two-story rooming house on Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown.

Officer John Nicholson, 26, was driving by the rooming house on the first block of Berrymans Lane shortly before 4 a.m. when a resident of the dwelling flagged him down and told him there was a fire in a first-floor apartment, police said.

After reporting the incident over his car radio, Nicholson entered the rooming house and used water from a kitchen sink to extinguish the fire, police said.

During the incident, Nicholson suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital, where was treated and released, police said.

Police said six residents of the rooming house were evacuated without injury and that a preliminary investigation revealed the fire was of suspicious origin.

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