2 Highlandtown rowhouses burn, were raided last week

November 05, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Two of three Highlandtown rowhouses that burned yesterday morning were targeted last week by police, who raided them and arrested six people charged with running a drug operation.

Baltimore fire officials said they had not found a cause of the two-alarm blaze that caused extensive damage to the adjoining houses in the 3300 block of Marshall Court, an alley near Eastern and Highland avenues.

Firefighter Donald Schaefer was injured fighting the blaze, which began about 8: 30 a.m. at 3305 Marshall Court and spread quickly. Schaefer suffered back and neck injuries when he fell down a staircase. He was released yesterday from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sources said yesterday police were looking at three possible fire causes: an electrical short circuit, a gas explosion or someone manufacturing crack cocaine inside.

Police started their drug investigation after complaints from the Highlandtown Community Association. They raided 3301 and 3305 Marshall Court on Friday and arrested five adults and one juvenile on felony drug possession and distribution charges.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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