Man, 79, critically injured in fire in high-rise apartment near Towson

February 17, 1999|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County man was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after smoking materials caused an early-morning fire in his 10th-floor apartment in the 16-story Glenmont Towers, officials said.

George Maasch, 79, was flown to Shock Trauma for treatment of smoke inhalation, said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a county Fire Department spokesman.

The two-alarm fire yesterday was confined to the living room of a single apartment, but it prompted the evacuation of residents of the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of the tower in the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle near Towson, said Hubbard.

He said the Fire Department received a call about 1 a.m. for smoke in the hallway of the 14th floor.

Firefighters worked their way down to the 10th floor and, finding an apartment whose outside door was hot, forced their way in and quickly put out the fire, Hubbard said.

They found the man, overcome by smoke and barely conscious, in his bathroom, he said.

Residents returned to their apartments about 2 a.m., Hubbard said. He said investigators determined the fire was accidentally caused by discarded smoking materials that ignited a chair and the nearby wall and ceiling. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The fire presented hazards similar to those of the fatal fire Feb. 5 in a Baltimore high-rise, Hubbard said. "Where we got lucky was the fire did not break out the window and spread vertically up the window," he said.

Pub Date: 2/17/99

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