Six residents of two homes in the 3400 block of Old York Road in north Baltimore were displaced today after a two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to the dwellings, above. Fire officials said a mother and her three children who lived at 3412 Old York Road and two residents of apartments at 3410 escaped the fire, which was reported about 7:45 a.m.
Brenda Campbell, of 3412, said she heard a smoke alarm and saw fire and smoke outside her bedroom window. She and her children, Christina, 11, Steven, 9, and Brenda Lee, 2, fled the house.
Brent Holmes, 37, who lives on the second floor of 3410, had just returned home. He told authorities he raced inside to a first-floor apartment where he found Marble Carroll, 66, "soundly asleep." Carroll fled with Holmes.
Firefighters rescued a pair of 8-week-old kittens belonging to Christina Campbell, right.
Authorities said the fire was started accidentally by a child playing with matches near a mattress that had been put out for pickup.