3-month-old boy killed, 2 others injured in rowhouse blaze

Woman, 11-year-old boy suffer smoke inhalation in 1-alarm Govans fire

July 30, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 3-month-old boy was killed and an 11-year-old boy and a woman were injured last night in a one-alarm fire at their home in Govans in North Baltimore, a fire official said.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said the blaze apparently began shortly after 10 p.m. in the infant's second-floor rear bedroom in a brick rowhouse in the 5600 block of Alhambra Ave.

Torres said the fire caused extensive damage to the second floor before firefighters brought the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes.

He said the infant was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman and older boy suffered smoke inhalation and were being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Neither the names of the victims nor their relation to each other were released.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Harry Barnett, 45, a neighbor, said he took a fire extinguisher from his residence and tried at least four times to reach the infant but was beaten back by dense smoke and flames that filled the second floor.

"I never got closer than the second-floor landing," said Barnett, a Baltimore County school custodian.

He said he ran from his house when he heard the woman crying, "My baby! My baby!" He said she and the older child rushed in and out of the burning house several times, trying to reach the infant.

Torres said the infant's death brought to 10 the number of people killed in fires in Baltimore so far this year.

Pub Date: 7/30/99

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