Two fires force 12 people to flee homes

January 10, 1995

Two multiple-alarm fires early today that appeared to have been set in vacant West Baltimore houses more than a mile apart forced at least 12 people from their homes.

At 2:53 a.m., a fire on North Smallwood Street forced eight people in three adjoining dwellings to flee into the cold early morning air.

Among those who fled were Robert Langston, 43, and his fiancee, Barbara Sanders, 42, both of 34 N. Smallwood St., who were awakened by someone knocking on their door and warning them to get out. At the blaze, which began at 30 N. Smallwood St. and went to two alarms at 3:12 a.m., a firefighter received minor injuries.

The other fire destroyed the first floor of 2013 Harlem Ave. and forced four residents of two adjoining homes to flee. Reported at 3:26 a.m., that fire went to two alarms at 3:44 a.m.

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