Suspicious fire severely damages rowhouse

Occupants left homeless

no one is injured

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

A three-alarm fire extensively damaged a rowhouse in West Baltimore last night and left several occupants homeless, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire, which was ruled suspicious, caused smoke and water damage to two adjoining vacant dwellings and a church, Inspector Michael Maybin said. No one was injured.

The fire began about 9 p.m. in the rear of 1127 N. Mount St. in Sandtown-Winchester and raced through the three-story dwelling, driving three adults and four children to the street, he said. Their names were not available.

Flames traveled to the rooftops of three-story rowhouses at 1129 and 1131 N. Mount St. and New Covenant Apostolic Church of Jesus at 1125 N. Mount St. before the fire was brought under control, Maybin said.

He said at least 60 firefighters with 21 pieces of equipment responded to the fire.

The Rev. William Tate, 64, pastor of the church, said he wasn't certain if the fire would curtail services for the 20 people who worship at New Covenant.

"I'll have to get inside and inspect the damage before I make a decision," he said, standing outside the church.

Sandra Braxton, of the city's Neighborhood Services Center, said if the landlord cannot provide shelter for the displaced occupants, the city would provide temporary shelter for them.

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