Southeast, Pimlico fires cause $460,000 damage

July 12, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

Two fires yesterday morning caused at least $460,000 damage, destroying a southeast Baltimore garage and truck-parts business and leaving six people homeless in Pimlico.

A three-alarm blaze was reported at 12:58 a.m. at Frankfurst Fleet Service and the Frontier Truck Parts in the 900 block of Dundalk Ave., fire officials said. The fire, which burned for about an hour before it was declared under control, caused approximately $400,000 damage.

Fire officials said the entire store and its contents burned. The cause is under investigation.

In the northwest Baltimore neighborhood of Pimlico, an electrical short caused a fire in a three-story frame house that was divided into three apartments.

The fire, which was reported at 10:45 a.m. in the house in the 3600 block of Rogers Ave., apparently started in a third-floor dormer, fire investigators said.

The fire burned most of the third floor and two rooms in the second floor, and took about 30 minutes to control, said Battalion Chief William Langan.

All six occupants in the apartments got out safely.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. One was treated at Sinai Hospital for heat exhaustion.

Two were treated at Mercy Medical Center, one for a hand cut by glass, the other for a back injury sustained when part of the roof caved in.

The fire caused an estimated $60,000 damage, investigators said.

Some of the six apartment dwellers left homeless by the fire said they would stay with friends and relatives.

Fire officials said anyone without a place to stay would be housed temporarily by the Red Cross.

The house is attached to the back of one-story brick building housing five businesses that were not damaged but were inconvenienced because they were without water and electricity after the fire.

Ten women, their hair in curlers, sat in the darkness of Diddy's International Beauty Salon, waiting for the electricity to come on so their hairstyling could be finished.

"Water out, lights out, work out," said salon owner Deborah Goodman. "We're sitting in the dark now."

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