Parts of 2 city houses collapse 5 hurt

November 15, 1990|By William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance | William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

Five people were injured today, one seriously, when rear portions of two buildings collapsed in the 500 block of McMechen St. in Bolton Hill.

Two adjoining buildings that were vacant while undergoing rehabilitation, also were damaged as debris from collapsing houses slid into them, city officials said.

Fire officials said Etta Jones, 73, of 540 McMechen St., was injured as the rear portions of her house collapsed shortly after 10 a.m.

Jones was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was reported in good condition.

Quinton Dennis, 21, and Jason Peoples, 19, also of 540 McMechen St., were taken to Maryland General Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.

Two other people were injured next door when portions of 538 McMechen St. collapsed.

They were identified as Marion Branch, 29, of the 1000 block of Cameron Road in northwest Baltimore, and Lorina Smith, 31, of 538 McMechen St.

Branch was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where is was listed in guarded condition with possible abdominal and head injuries.

Smith, who was partially buried in the rubble, was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she was listed in fair and stable condition.

Two adjoining houses, at 536 and 534 McMechen St., which were vacant and being renovated, also were damaged in the accident.

Police said three workers involved in the rehabilitations had left just before the collapse, and were nearby when they heard the crash.

Four fire department medic units were sent to the scene to transport the injured.

City building inspectors were called to try to determine the cause of the collapse, which appeared to leave the fronts of the buildings intact.

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