Mother, son die in city fire Three others are rescued as two-story rowhouse burns.

October 14, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 25-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son were killed early today when a fire raced through their two-story rowhouse in the 1700 block of E. 30th St., police said.

A 76-year-old woman, who with two others was rescued by neighbors, received second-degree burns over nearly 15 percent of her body and was listed in critical condition at the regional burn unit at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, police said.

An unidentified firefighter was injured and treated at the scene.

Officer Perry Stanfield said the fire began in the basement of 1735 E. 30th shortly before 4 a.m. and quickly raced throughout the house.

Stanfield identified the dead as Patricia Thomas and her son, Michael Johnson. He said Thomas' body was found in a second-floor back bedroom. Her son's body was found lying on the roof off the bedroom.

A neighbor, James Louis, of 1731 E. 30th St., heard the cries for help and went out onto his roof, Stanfield said. Louis ran along the adjoining roofs to 1735 and rescued Catherine Eubanks, 78; Maurice Thomas, 10; and George Turner, 78.

Damage caused by the fire was estimated at $60,000, Stanfield said.

Rev. James Howard, pastor of the Marantha Baptist Church in the 900 block of E. Preston St., lives across the street from the scene of the fire.

"I was awakened by flashing lights and sirens and when I looked out my upper bedroom window, I saw nothing but flames and smoke coming out of the first floor front windows," Howard said.

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