Columbia fire injures man, damages complex

March 05, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A two-alarm fire in Columbia on Friday morning caused about $50,000 in damage to an apartment complex and sent a 25-year-old man to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

About 11 a.m., firefighters responded to the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road in the Village of Oakland Mills, where they found light smoke in a stairwell, fire officials said.

A few minutes later, thick smoke appeared, and a woman left an apartment, saying a baby was left inside, officials said.

Firefighters could not find the baby's mother, whose car was missing from the parking lot, and searched the house but never found the child, said Battalion Chief Richard Freas.

After firefighters had put out the blaze, the mother and child appeared from another parking lot, Freas said.

The man who suffered smoke inhalation, Kenny Golden, was sleeping when the fire started and was awakened by his smoke detector.

He then jumped out a window to avoid the fire, Freas said.

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