3 homes destroyed, apartments damaged in three city fires

May 12, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A three-alarm fire destroyed two East Baltimore rowhouses and damaged a third early yesterday, leaving five people homeless and causing an estimated $124,000 in damage, city fire officials said.

The blaze that broke out shortly after midnight in the 1600 block of E. Preston St. was the third significant fire in Baltimore in a three-hour time span, keeping firefighters busy across the city.

A three-alarm fire about 9 p.m. Monday damaged an apartment building in Northwest Baltimore and left at least 20 people homeless. An arson in Hampden an hour later destroyed a vacant single-family home in the 3500 block of Everhart St.

The first fire Monday night started in an unoccupied third-floor apartment at the Woodland Apartment complex in the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. in Pimlico. Fire officials said an electrical malfunction sparked the blaze that caused $125,000 in damage and made 11 apartments uninhabitable. No injuries were reported.

About three hours later, at 12: 15 a.m., another electrical fire burned out two rowhouses at 1620 and 1622 E. Preston St., and damaged another house at 1624 E. Preston. Investigators said the fire started in a second-floor bedroom of 1620 E. Preston.

The five occupants of the three rowhouses escaped unharmed. One firefighter sprained an ankle fighting the fire.

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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