Twelve flee fire at Westminster apartment

November 03, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Twelve people, including a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old boy, were forced out of their Westminster building when fire erupted in a third-floor apartment about 5 p.m. yesterday.

Sandy Anne Milter, 24, who occupies the third-floor apartment with her husband and two small sons, told fire officials the blaze started around the stove while she was cooking and spread to the wall and cabinets above. Wayne Milter, her husband, was not at home.

Ms. Milter was taken to Carroll County General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after firefighters brought the blaze under control in 12 minutes.

The children, Cody James, 3, and his brother Darren Lee, 3 months, were quickly taken out of the upper level of the large building in the 600 block of Littlestown Pike, formerly a restaurant, and moved to one of the ground-level apartments.

Fifty firefighters, with 13 pieces of equipment, responded to the fire.

Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Hampstead and the rescue squad from Union Bridge were dispatched by the Emergency Operations Center because the building contains 13 apartments and each had to be checked for occupants.

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