An argument between two men apparently led to a two-alarm fire late last night that burned out a West Baltimore rowhouse, leaving one man dead, two people injured and a family of four homeless.
The fire, which erupted about 11:20 p.m., was intentionally set in the living room on the first floor of the brick rowhouse in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue, authorities said.
A man suspected of setting the blaze was in custody early this morning being questioned by homicide detectives at police headquarters, police said.
Witnesses and police said two people who lived on the second floor of the home were arguing outside and the suspect threatened to burn
the house. A few minutes later, the man was seen running from the burning home, witnesses said.
Killed by the fire was John Yates, who was found lying near a bedroom window on the second floor. He was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His companion, Shirley Lawrence, was listed in critical condition early today at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Firefighters rescued two children from the third floor.
Larry Carlos, 26, said he and his girlfriend, Desirre Miller, 25, and her two children, Larry, 3, and Latoya, 2, were awakened by the fire and managed to get to the front window.
The children were carried down a ladder by firefighters. Mr. Carlos climbed down the ladder, but Ms. Miller apparently fell as she tried to get out. She was being treated at Bon Secours Hospital, authorities said.