Eleven people were left homeless yesterday in the wake of a two-alarm fire that damaged a dozen apartments at the Holabird Park Apartments in Southeast Baltimore, city fire officials said.
No one was seriously injured in the fire, which started about 11 p.m. Saturday on the upper floors of a three-story apartment building in the 1700 block of Nome Street.
Firefighters, hindered by heavy flames, quickly evacuated the building -- including one elderly woman in a wheelchair who had to be lifted off her third-floor balcony.
"It was blazing all around the building," said resident Jimmy Jaskiewicz. "The windows were flying out. It's a mess."
The fire was brought under control early yesterday and the cause was being investigated.
The Central Maryland Red Cross provided food, medicine and lodging at a local hotel for the eight adults and three children displaced by the fire.
A year ago at the same complex, strong winds estimated at 75 to 100 mph -- and possibly a tornado -- tore away rooftops and caused heavy damage to several buildings.
In another multi-alarm fire in Southeast Baltimore yesterday, a city firefighter was slightly injured when he fell through the roof of a burning storefront building.
The fire, which began shortly after 5 p.m., destroyed the unoccupied building at 6005 Eastern Ave. Two adjoining buildings, which also were unoccupied, were severely damaged.
Daurice Kiebler, who helps her son manage the Catch 22 tavern across the street, said she was frightened at how rapidly the flames traveled from one building to the next.
"I was on the second floor, changing my clothes when I looked out the window and saw flames shooting out of one building," she said. "A few minutes later it had spread down the block."