Fire spreads through rowhouses, store

April 16, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A three-alarm fire last night raced through two vacant rowhouses and a grocery store in the 1800 block of Ashland Ave. in East Baltimore, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

The fire broke out in the vacant dwelling at 1816 Ashland Ave. and was reported at 7: 39 p.m., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, the spokesman.

He said the fire spread to two adjacent dwellings, one at 1818 Ashland Ave. that houses King's Market -- a store on the first floor with storage rooms on the two upper floors.

Chief Torres said 60 firefighters manning 16 pieces of equipment brought the fire under control at 8: 15 p.m.

One firefighter was injured and treated at the scene.

Chief Torres said that the fire was being investigated and a vagrant who was sleeping inside 1816 was being questioned by investigators.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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