Boy, 9, rescued by godfather from burning house Third-floor bedroom goes up in flames.

March 12, 1992

A 9-year-old East Baltimore boy was rescued yesterday by his godfather from a rowhouse where a third-floor bedroom was in flames, police and fire officials said.

Carlos Woods, of the 900 block of N. Broadway, told police and fire officials that after he was awakened to go to school, he went back to sleep. Meanwhile, his father, Charles Woods Sr., had gone to a hardware store.

The boy reported that when he awoke about 11:30 a.m., another bedroom on the third floor was on fire.

About that time, Carlos' godfather, Vincent Blount, 35, of the 900 block of McDonogh St., arrived at the house to help the child's father with some work.

Mr. Blount told fire officials he ran up to the third floor but was unable to enter the burning bedroom.

Believing no one was in the house, Mr. Blount was outside when he looked up and saw Carlos standing at the window of his bedroom.

He re-entered the house and rescued Carlos.

Moments later, firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the bedroom.

Carlos was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and later released.

Capt. Dennis Howell, of the fire investigation bureau, said the fire was caused when a plastic bag containing clothing was ignited from the heat of a nearby gas-operated heater.

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