Woman and son escape house fire CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 21, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 27-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son escaped injury when fire erupted in a second-floor bedroom of their brick home in the 2000 block of Herbert Ave. about 12:40 p.m. yesterday.

"I was watching television with my son, Kevin, and smelled smoke coming from upstairs," said Shirley Isaac, who lives in the house south of Westminster. "I ran up the steps and looked into the spare bedroom and saw the end of the mattress on fire.

"I ran into the bathroom and grabbed a towel, soaked it in the toilet and tried to put the fire out, but couldn't."

Ms. Isaac, who sat in her car watching smoke pouring from the second floor of her house, said she called 911, grabbed her son and ran out of the house. She put the boy in her car and backed it out of the driveway make room for fire equipment.

"It seemed like a long time for the firemen to come, so I tried to find the garden hose, thinking I could hook it up in the kitchen and put the fire out," she said. "But I couldn't find the hose."

Captain Doug Spencer, a volunteer with the Westminster Fire Company who lives about two miles from the house, was the first firefighter to arrive.

He drove directly to the scene, but when he started up the steps to check the severity of the blaze and pinpoint the source of the fire, he said, he was forced back by the heat and smoke.

Firefighters from Westminster and Reese battled the fire.

Ms. Isaac said her dog got out of the house safely, but she could find her pet cat.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of the house to ventilate the fire and threw a mattress out the window before declaring the blaze under control.

Fire officials requested a state deputy fire marshal to determine the cause of the fire, which had not been determined as of yesterday evening.

A county building inspector was called to see if the building was safe for occupancy.

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