Fire lieutenant hurt fighting suspicious blaze

July 08, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A city fire lieutenant was slightly injured early today fighting a suspicious two-alarm fire at a Fells Point tavern and restaurant.

Lt. William F. Martin, of Engine Company 24, injured a knee when a stairway collapsed, fire officials said. Lieutenant Martin was treated at Mercy Medical Center, then released.

Capt. John R. Griffith, of the Fire Investigation Bureau, said the fire broke out about 5 a.m. in the second floor rear of Chios Bar and Restaurant, which is in adjoining buildings at 709 and 711 S. Broadway.

The fire burned out the second and third floors of both buildings and destroyed a section of the roof, Captain Griffith said.

Officials said a second alarm was sounded at 5:20 a.m. to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings and to the Broadway Market. It was declared under control at 5:45 a.m.

Captain Griffith said the fire was suspicious and the cause was under investigation.

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