Man dies, woman is injured in house fire in Pen Lucy She jumps, breaks leg

two others flee unhurt


A man was killed and an elderly woman injured last night when a one-alarm fire extensively damaged the second floor of a two-story house in Pen Lucy in North Baltimore, a fire official said.

Battalion Chief Mark Wagner of the Fire Department said the blaze was reported at 9: 21 p.m. and brought under control in less than an hour.

Wagner said a man in his mid-50s died in a second-floor room.

He said an elderly woman broke her left leg after jumping to the ground from a second-floor window and was being treated at Union Memorial Hospital.

Her condition was not available last night, Wagner said.

Rudolph Mitchell, 60, who lives in the house, said the fire apparently began in a second-floor closet that housed a washing machine, and the flames quickly spread.

Mitchell said he and his grandson, Joshua Bradley, 9, escaped unhurt by running out the front door.

The first floor was heavily damaged by smoke and water, Wagner said.

He said investigators were seeking the cause of the fire.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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