Two softball players rescued a 4-year-old boy and a man yesterday from a burning rowhouse in the 2800 block of Eastern Ave., across from Patterson Park.
The State Farm Insurance softball team had just finished a game and was relaxing over cold drinks at the Thirsty Camel Saloon when the rowhouse next door went up in flames shortly after 2 p.m., the bar's owner said.
"Someone came running in and said the building was on fire," saidJohn McKnight, the tavern owner. "It was about 50 percent engulfed, and we were starting to get smoke in the bar. Then somebody was saying that a young child was still inside."
Two team members rushed inside the smoky building and grabbed the 4-year-old, who had been left behind on the first floor when his mother ran outside, Mr. McKnight said. The players also saved a man from the second floor.
None of the eight residents of the two apartments in the rowhouse was injured, said Capt. Robert Hatoff of the Baltimore Fire Department. One firefighter was overcome by heat and treated at University of Maryland Medical Center, he said.
More than 40 firefighters from 11 companies battled the blaze for 45 minutes before bringing it under control, Captain Hatoff said. He said investigators believe the fire was caused by a problem in the electrical wiring.
The first floor of the rowhouse was gutted and the second floor was heavily damaged by smoke and water, Captain Hatoff said. Mr. McKnight said his saloon also was damaged by smoke and water.