Fire in apartment displaces 2 families, injures woman

February 07, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A two-alarm fire in a Glen Burnie apartment building yesterday displaced at least two families and injured a woman hurt, fire officials said.

The unidentified woman was taken to North Arundel Hospital complaining of lower back pain.

Officials did not know what caused the fire, which started in a second-story apartment in the 7800 block of Americana Circle and spread through the rafters.

Neil Altman, 25, said he received a call from his wife, Susan Marie, shortly before 4 p.m. saying that she smelled smoke.

When Altman got home, he found maintenance workers with extinguishers on his balcony trying to put out a fire in the heater closet, but Altman said he could already see the fire spreading in the ductwork.

Firefighters arrived moments later and began tearing out the ceilings in the apartments of Altman and a neighbor.

They ripped a hole in the roof before getting the fire under control just after 5 p.m.

Altman and neighbor Richard Deighan lost all their belongings in the fire, but fire officials did not have damage estimates.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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