A two-alarm fire ripped through a Reisterstown apartment building early today, killing two men, injuring two firefighters and forcing the evacuation of several families, Baltimore County authorities said.
The fire at the Bently Park Apartments in the 400 block of Shirley Manor Road, located behind the Chartley Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road, was also the site of a devasting tornado in October 1990 that damaged more than a dozen apartment buildings and nearby single-family homes.
The fire occurred in an apartment building that sustained minor damage during the tornado, a county fire official said.
Authorities identified the dead as Leroy Sacks, 45, and his brother, George, 48, no address available.
The fire was reported in a basement apartment at 404 Shirley Manor Road at 1:20 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find fire erupting from the building's first, second and third floors.
A second alarm was sounded at 1:42 a.m. as flames spread and eventually broke through the roof. Within minutes, the fire spread into apartments at 406 and 408 Shirley Manor Road.
While firefighters, including some from Carroll County, battled the fire, county police routed sleeping residents and directed them to safety.
Shortly after the fire was under control at 3:14 a.m., firefighters entered the basement apartment at 404 Shirley Manor Road and found the bodies. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.
At least six and as many as 12 apartments were either damaged or destroyed.