Two children, 5 and 7, die in W. Baltimore fire

February 23, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 5-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother died last night when fire ripped through their apartment in a West Baltimore rowhouse, city fire officials said. Neither of the children was identified, nor was their mother, who was not seriously injured.

The girl died at the scene in the 1100 block of W. Lafayette Ave., and her brother died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Fire Department spokesman Lt. Michael M. Maybin.

Maybin said investigators had not determined the cause of the fire, which was reported about 10:20 p.m. It apparently started between the ceiling and the roof of the building, which housed two apartments. The victims' apartment took up the second and third floors of the house, Maybin said.

Smoke was pouring from the windows by the time firefighters arrived and extended ladders from their trucks to a third-floor window, Maybin said. They found the children on the third floor.

The fire was brought under control about 11:30 p.m.

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