West Baltimore man critically injured when electrical fire damages building

Eight taken to hospital after early-morning blaze

April 10, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A man was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after he was rescued from a fire early yesterday that extensively damaged a two-story dwelling in the 2700 block of Parkwood Ave. in West Baltimore, authorities said.

Four ambulances transported eight people ranging in age from 1 to 63 to Shock Trauma. All but one were released after being treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.

Earl Dawkins, 58, of the Parkwood Avenue dwelling was admitted in critical condition after suffering burns and smoke inhalation, police said.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres said a smoke detector in the dwelling sounded about 2: 30 a.m., alerting the occupants.

The one-alarm fire, which was caused by an electrical malfunction in a second-floor front bedroom, was being investigated, Torres said.

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