Seven residents and a city firefighter were injured early today when a fire broke out in a three-story rowhouse in the 1300 block of N. Calhoun St. in West Baltimore.
The fire, reported at 5:07 a.m., was declared under control at 5:47 a.m. and caused extensive damage to the house, said a spokesman for the Fire Department.
The spokesman said the seven injured residents of the house, five children and two adults, were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of injuries and smoke inhalation.
A nursing supervisor at the hospital's emergency room said the children are between 2 years and 11 years of age. The adults, both men, are 26 and 29.
The firefighter, assigned to Engine Company 36, fell on the ice while battling the blaze and was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, the spokesman said. His name was not released.
Four ambulances, in addition to several pieces of firefighting apparatus, responded to the scene.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the arson squad, the spokesman said.