Woman dies in apartment fire

January 15, 2001|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

A 72-year-old woman died in one of two fires that broke out in senior citizen apartment complexes in the city yesterday.

Fire officials did not release the name of the dead woman, who was living in an apartment that caught fire in the Waters Towers high-rise building at 1400 E. Madison St. in East Baltimore, Fire Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres said. The cause was being investigated.

Officials did not have a damage estimate for that blaze or one later yesterday morning at the St. James Terrace Apartments, 827 N. Arlington Ave. in West Baltimore.

The three-alarm fire at 3:56 a.m. at Waters Towers forced the temporary evacuation of about 80 percent of the residents of the 220-unit home for the elderly and disabled, Torres said. About 50 firefighters brought the fire under control by 4:36 a.m., Torres said.

Three residents were treated for smoke inhalation, he said.

About 11 a.m., a two-alarm fire broke out in the St. James complex, apparently because of a malfunctioning boiler in the basement, Torres said. Some residents were evacuated and were allowed back in after the fire was under control in about half an hour, he said.

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