Police officer rescues teen-ager from burning city rowhouse

February 18, 2000|By Richard Irwin and Rafael Alvarez | Richard Irwin and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer rescued a teen-age boy from a three-alarm fire last night that heavily damaged a rowhouse at 1641 Gwynns Falls Parkway and forced at least four people to flee.

The unidentified female officer from the Western District rushed into the three-story building in the Mondawmin section of the city to lead the boy to safety, fire officials said.

The officer and the building's occupants were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of smoke inhalation, fire officials said. No serious injuries were reported.

The 11: 48 p.m. fire -- which was not officially under control by early this morning -- began in the basement, according to Fire Department spokesman Michael Mabin. It spread to the first floor and rear of the house. By 11: 58 p.m., a third alarm had been called.

Lucille Hall, who lives across the street, said the fire displaced the Hearns family.

Hall said she sheltered brothers Kendall and Tevin Hearns until Fire Department medics took the boys to Shock Trauma along with their parents.

The blaze was fought by approximately 80 firefighters and at least 20 pieces of equipment.

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