West Baltimore Man, 63, Perishes In Gilmor Street Rowhouse Fire

April 28, 1997|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A 63-year-old West Baltimore man was killed in a fire yesterday morning at a three-story rowhouse in the 700 block of Gilmor St., city fire officials said.

Albert Griffin was found on the third floor after fire officials received a call about 5: 30 a.m., Battalion Chief Hector Torres said. He was declared dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The fire was under control before 6 a.m., officials said.

The first floor of the rowhouse had been a church, but was being used as a soup kitchen, Torres said. Rooms on the second and third floors were rented out, but only Griffin's room was occupied yesterday, the chief said.

The fire, which officials believe was started by careless smoking, began in Griffin's room in the rear of the third floor, Torres said. The room had no smoke detector, he said.

"It appears that [Griffin] was probably awakened but was unable to escape the fire," Torres said. "He was found in the front room." Torres said it was likely that Griffin died of smoke inhalation. The fire caused $8,500 in damage and is under investigation, he said.

Pub Date: 4/28/97

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