Apartment fire forces tenants to evacuate

July 12, 1993

BALTIMORE -- At least five tenants of The Anneslie apartments in the 1200 block of N. Charles St. suffered smoke inhalation and respiratory problems early today when a fire, reportedly caused by an air-conditioner, sent smoke throughout the four-story brick building.

Two of the injured were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment.

Three others were treated at the scene by the crews of two ambulances.

Among those forced to evacuate were Danny Dickman and his wife, the former owners of Danny's Restaurant, located next door to the apartment building.

Mrs. Dickman was among those treated at the scene. Mr. Dickman was uninjured.

Robert Bull, 42, who lives in a first-floor rear apartment, said he was awakened shortly after 4 a.m. by the sound of sparks and flames coming from his air-conditioner.

After fleeing to the hallway to get a fire extinguisher, he returned to his apartment and found it in flames.

"It (the apartment) went up just like that," Mr. Bull said shortly before he was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, minor burns of the face and cuts to his right hand.

Firefighters said several rows of books in shelves in Mr. Bull's apartment burned and sent dense smoke into the upper floors.

Before the fire was declared under control at 4:59 a.m., it had extensively damaged the man's apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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