East Baltimore man badly burned in house fire

Victim, 45, critical, with burns on 40% of body

May 31, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A 45-year-old man was in critical condition yesterday after he was severely burned in a fire at his East Baltimore home, a Fire Department official said.

The victim suffered third-degree burns on more than 40 percent of his body and was being treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said Capt. John Griffith of the fire investigation bureau.

The victim's wife, 52, and another man, 35, who lived in the house in the 2100 block of Ashland Ave. were treated for smoke inhalation and released, Griffith said.

Griffith declined to release the victims' names, because the fire is under investigation.

The fire destroyed the first floor of the two-story brick rowhouse, and the second floor sustained damage from heat and smoke, Griffith said, estimating the cost of the damage at $25,000.

Griffith said firefighters responded to the blaze at about 6: 45 a.m. and found flames pouring out of the first-floor windows.

A man walked out, and the woman jumped from the second-floor window, but her husband was trapped inside, Griffith said.

"Once we got there, we went in and searched for him," Griffith said. "He was up on the second floor, and our firefighters, under extreme heat and smoke, climbed up there and got him out."

Griffith said a few firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Pub Date: 5/31/99

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