Two men injured in rowhouse fire One victim burned critically. Passer-by aids second victim.

February 17, 1992|By Bruce Reid and William B. Talbott | Bruce Reid and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers

Two men were injured, one seriously, in a fire today at a house in the 400 block of W. 23rd St. in Remington.

One of the men may have been saved from more serious injury when a bystander broke his fall from a second-floor window.

Timothy Yates, 25, the more seriously injured victim, was taken to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center Burn Unit with extensive burns on his hands and body. He was in critical condition.

The second victim, Brian Farley, 27, who had been sleeping in the house, jumped from a window. His fall was cushioned by Leonard Mort, 42, of Lutherville, who was in the neighborhood visiting a relative.

Mr. Farley was listed in stable, guarded condition at Union Memorial Hospital.

Officials said the fire in the three-story brick rowhouse was reported at about 10:15 a.m. It was under control within 30 minutes.

Mr. Mort said he was on the street when he saw smoke coming from the house. He said Mr. Yates was attempting to break a large window on the first floor with his hands to escape the fire. Mr. Mort said the man appeared unable to break the window because of severe burns on his hands.

Mr. Mort said he went to the front door and tried to open it, but it was locked. And that time, he said, Mr. Yates kicked out the window and jumped a short distance to the pavement outside.

Then, Mr. Mort said, he saw the second man, later identified as Mr. Farley, at a second-floor window. Mr. Mort said he called for the man to jump, but the man responded that he didn't have his clothes on.

Within moments, Mr. Farley jumped the 6- to 8-foot distance to a set of steps on which Mr. Mort was standing. A neighbor got him clothing.

Mr. Mort was not injured.

Less than a hour later, firefighters went to a vacant building at 800 Key Highway, just south of the Inner Harbor near Montgomery Street, where a two-story brick building was burning. The cause was under investigation. No one was injured.

The first alarm was sounded at 11:24 a.m. A second alarm was sounded about 10 minutes later.

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