Eighteen people escaped injury last night when a two-alarm fire raced through three rowhouses in the city's Westport section.
Two firefighters sustained minor injuries battling the fire that reportedly began when furniture stored on a back porch caught fire.
The fire has been ruled suspicious and is under investigation.
Reported at 1:06 a.m., the fire caused extensive damage to 2319 and 2321 Annapolis Road and moderate damage to 2323.
Satrena Hawkins, 27, of 2319, said that shortly after she checked the back of the house around 12:30 a.m., she saw flames coming from the back porch where three pieces of furniture were being stored.