Man is found dead after fire in Hampden

Neighbors tried to rescue victim from apartment

September 03, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man was found dead by firefighters yesterday after he was trapped in the burning bedroom of a North Baltimore house despite neighbors' efforts to rescue him, authorities said.

The body of Paul Quinn, about 30, was discovered on the floor of his second-story room in the boardinghouse in the 800 block of W. 38th St. in Hampden, said Fire Inspector Michael Maybin.

Maybin said two neighbors from a first-floor apartment smelled smoke shortly before 9 a.m. and rushed upstairs.

"His bedroom door was closed, and there was smoke coming out of there," Maybin said.

"After repeated attempts, they managed to get the door open, but the flames and heat pushed them back."

Firefighters arrived a few minutes later and extinguished the one-alarm fire by 9: 30 a.m.

Maybin said most of the damage was confined to the second-floor bedroom where Quinn was found.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Maybin said the first-floor occupants would be able to return.

Maybin said a cause of the fire has not been determined, but he said it did not appear to be suspicious. He said the home had a smoke detector, but investigators have not determined whether it sounded an alarm.

Damage was estimated at $12,000.

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