Two-alarm fire damages Baltimore apartment building

February 11, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A two-alarm fire extensively damaged an apartment building in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St. yesterday, sending smoke through much of downtown Baltimore and forcing detours for northbound traffic during the afternoon rush hour.

No occupants were injured, but one firefighter was treated at the scene for a cut to the hand.

Central District police Officer Derry R. Howard said he was driving north about 3: 20 p.m. when he saw flames erupting from the front of the four-story apartment building at 1123 N. Calvert St.

After reporting the fire, Howard entered the building and escorted Jenny Mikulski, 27, who was on the first floor, to safety.

He then ran up the four flights of three adjacent buildings, one of them the Inn at Government House, knocking on doors and telling occupants to leave.

"I guess everyone got out OK or were not home, because I didn't find anyone else," Howard said.

Fire officials called for the second alarm at 3: 25 p.m. About 70 firefighters with 17 pieces of apparatus were sent to the blaze, which was declared under control at 4: 35 p.m.

Several streets were blocked by fire equipment.

Michael Maybin, a Fire Department spokesman, said the blaze began in an unoccupied first-floor apartment and raced up a stairwell to a fourth-floor skylight, where flames burst through the glass and spread throughout the building, causing an estimated $90,000 damage.

The stairwell acted as a chimney, Maybin said.

Adjacent buildings were damaged by smoke and water.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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