Man injured in blaze at apartments

October 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 22-year-old man was rescued from a fire that nearly destroyed an apartment building in Cockeysville early yesterday, Baltimore County fire officials said.

Terence Phillips was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after firefighters found him, not breathing, in a first-floor apartment at 5 Lemon Grove Court, said Lt. Vernon Adamson, a Fire Department spokesman.

Phillips was in critical but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Fire commanders said the blaze appeared to have started just after midnight in a ground-level apartment in the three-story wood-frame building.

It took 80 firefighters nearly 2 1/2 hours to control flames that quickly shot through the roof. All three floors of the building, containing six apartments, were damaged by smoke and flames, Adamson said.

Neighbors said the apartments were rented by one family and college students.

Red Cross workers helped place 11 people in temporary shelter and provided clothing, food and furniture, agency officials said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation yesterday, Adamson said.

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