Two-alarm fire injures infant girl, police officer, 3 others in West Baltimore

February 04, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An infant girl was injured yesterday in a two-alarm fire in her West Baltimore home, and a police officer suffered smoke inhalation while rescuing an elderly woman from an adjacent dwelling.

Chanya Tillman, 7 months, of the 800 block of Edmondson Ave. also suffered smoke inhalation and was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Maryland Medical Center, said a spokeswoman.

Officer Lawrence Armwood of the Western District was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman.

Rowe said Armwood entered the next-door residence about 12: 50 p.m. and led the woman outthrough dense smoke. She was uninjured.

Lewis Tillman, 52, Chanya's father, said he learned of the fire at his home when someone called him at work.

Tillman said his wife was at school when the fire was reported at 12:49 p.m. He said his son, 18, and his son's girlfriend, 17, were in the house with Chanya when the fire broke out.

Tillman, a concrete finisher, said the girlfriend was injured when she jumped from the third-floor window.

The girlfriend and two unidentified people, who tried to rescue the occupants, were treated for smoke inhalation at Shock Trauma, said Fire Department spokesman Michael Maybin.

Chanya was treated initially at Shock Trauma before being transferred to the pediatric unit.

Maybin said the fire apparently began on the second floor. The cause was being investigated, he said.

The second and third floors of the house were destroyed, Tillman said.

He said he has fire insurance and is seeking a place to live.

Pub Date: 2/04/99

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