Fire destroys vacant rowhouse, damages others

April 09, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A one-alarm fire destroyed a vacant house in the 800 block of N. Streeper St. in East Baltimore and extensively damaged two adjoining rowhouses yesterday, forcing eight people to find temporary shelter, according to a city Fire Department spokesman.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, the spokesman, said the fire broke out at 821 N. Streeper St. shortly after 3 p.m. and quickly engulfed the vacant two-story dwelling before it spread to 819 and 823, causing extensive damage. Eight occupants of the latter dwellings were forced from their homes.

Two other dwellings, 817 and 825, suffered smoke damage, Torres said.

He said damage estimates for 819, 821 and 823 and the contents of the buildings exceeded $50,000.

At least six pieces of apparatus manned by 30 firefighters brought the fire under control at 3: 30 p.m.

Torres said the fire at 821 N. Streeper is believed to have been caused by drug addicts using the premises for illegal activity.

No arrests had been made, he said.

A pregnant resident of 823 N. Streeper St. suffered abdominal pain and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment.

The Red Cross found temporary shelter for those forced from their homes, Torres said.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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