Man who rescued city woman in wheelchair will be honored Passer-by carried her from burning rowhouse

March 25, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Fire Department plans to honor a man who ran into a burning west side rowhouse yesterday and rescued a 70-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair to get around.

Lamont Jenkins was carrying the woman from the second floor to safety just as firefighters were racing into the house in the 1900 block of W. Lanvale St. about 11 a.m.

Five people, including three children, were injured in the fire.

"The smoke had built up to a point where it was substantially thick," said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman. "Mr. Jenkins managed to bring her down the steps."

Neighbors and the children's mother helped rescue others from the rowhouse, which fire officials said had no smoke detectors.

Torres said investigators believe a child playing with matches in the basement started the one-alarm fire that caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. Though damage was minimal, Torres said thick, choking smoke filled the house.

Fire officials said that the mother of one of the children, an 18-year-old woman whose identity was not released, was not home when the fire started but raced inside with neighbors to pull the children to safety.

The woman suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention. Fire officials identified the injured children as Damon Standback, 2; Kevin Barnes, 4; and Sedrick Anderson, 5. They were treated and released from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The rescued woman, identified as Bulah Carey, suffered smoke inhalation and was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, fire officials said.

Torres said Jenkins apparently was walking by the house when he saw the fire and raced upstairs after neighbors told him about the trapped woman. "He saved her life," Torres said. "The Fire Department will commend him."

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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