Man killed in house fire

November 29, 1993

A man died early today in a West Baltimore house fire that an investigator said was caused by careless smoking.

Capt. Dennis Howell, the fire investigator, said the victim, who was identified as Antonio Gerald, 34, habitually smoked in bed. Firefighters found him lying on the floor of his third-floor rear apartment at 1713 W. Lombard St. He apparently was overcome by heavy smoke and collapsed while trying to reach his bedroom door.

Several other residents of the brick rowhouse escaped unharmed.

Captain Howell said the fire, reported at 4:40 a.m., was confined to the victim's bedroom. Other rooms on the third floor were damaged by smoke and water.

Residents of apartments on the second floor attempted to reach the victim but were driven back by flames and smoke.

"There wasn't much anyone could do until the fire was brought under control," Captain Howell said.

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