Six children are stable after blaze at rowhouse They had suffered from smoke inhalation

October 19, 1998|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

Six children who suffered smoke inhalation in a fire Saturday that destroyed a West Baltimore rowhouse were in stable condition yesterday at three hospitals, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters responded to the fire in the 900 block of N. Mount St. shortly before 11 p.m. James Yeats, a neighbor, helped firefighters rescue the children from the home, residents said.

Michael Maybin, the Fire Department spokesman, said Delshawn Harkless, 4, and Raquan Harkless, 2, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and then flown to Children's Hospital in Washington yesterday.

Deandre Long, 7, and Brittany Jackson, 5, were taken to University of Maryland Medical Center and then transferred to Johns Hopkins Children's Center yesterday.

Brandon Jackson, 3, who also suffered burns on the side of his face and back, and Antonio Harkless, 11 months, were at UM Medical Center.

Shawanda Harkless, 6, was treated and released.

Juanita Jackson, mother of Shawanda, Delshawn, Raquan and Antonio, was treated for smoke inhalation at UM Medical Center and released. She said she was sitting on the front steps when Shawanda yelled from the window that the house was on fire.

"Shawanda was on her way down the stairs but the smoke was too much," Juanita Jackson said. "So she went back to the window and called down to us."

All the children were sleeping, said Juanita Jackson, who shares the home with her sister, Towanda Jackson, the mother of Deandre, Brittany and Brandon.

Towanda Jackson said she was visiting a nearby relative when the fire started. When she saw the fire, she said, she ran to the house and saw neighbors and firefighters rescuing the children.

Calena Highsmith, 70, a neighbor, said flames were coming out of the windows while the children were being rescued. "They had the road blocked off and everything," Highsmith said. "People were running around trying to get those kids."

Pub Date: 10/19/98

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