Softball players rescue 2 from house fire

July 20, 1992

Two softball players rescued a 4-year-old boy and a man yesterday from a burning rowhouse in the 2800 block of Eastern Ave.

The State Farm Insurance softball team had just finished a game and was relaxing at the Thirsty Camel Saloon when the rowhouse next door went up in flames shortly after 2 p.m., said John McKnight, the tavern owner.

"It was about 50 percent engulfed, and we were starting to get smoke in the bar," he said.

"Then somebody was saying that a young child was still inside," he said.

Two team members rushed out of the tavern and went inside the smoky building.

They grabbed the boy, 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 rowhouse's two apartments was injured, said Capt. Robert Hatoff of the Fire Department.

One firefighter was overcome by heat and was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center.

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