TV investigated as possible cause of deadly fire

July 27, 1998|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF

Fire officials continued to investigate the cause of Saturday's blaze that killed two women and destroyed a West Baltimore rowhouse.

Sarah Allen, 88, and Bertha Henderson, 82, died in the fire that began about 7 p.m. on the first floor of the house on the 2500 block of W. Fayette St. Another resident, 90-year-old Macy Brown, suffered smoke inhalation and was released yesterday from Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"We're leaning toward a malfunction in the television set in the living room," said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.

Torres said the women were living in a group-home situation under the care of Dorothy Brown, but it was not clear if Brown owned the home. Brown was not home at the time of the fire.

Torres said he didn't know if Brown was a licensed care provider or simply looking after friends and family. Brown could not be reached for comment.

Torres did not know if Dorothy Brown and Macy Brown are related.

Torres estimated damage to the house and its contents at $42,000.

Pub Date: 7/27/98

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