Infant found dead in crib during fire at duplex

February 16, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An infant girl was found dead in her crib yesterday morning by firefighters battling a two-alarm blaze in a Northeast Baltimore apartment house, from which her mother, 5-year-old brother and the owner escaped.

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries battling the fire, which had engulfed the duplex house in the 3600 block of Bayonne Ave. before the first units had arrived about 9 a.m., said Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman.

It took an hour and 40 minutes to control the fire, whose cause was under investigation, Cartwright said.

Cartwright said there were two working, battery-operated smoke detectors on the first and second floors, but that a smoke detector on the third floor was plugged into the dwelling's electrical circuit and may not have had a backup battery.

The name of the 5-month-old infant, found in a third-floor room, and the brother were not released. The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the mother, identified as Brenda Heil, was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center burn unit - both for evaluation, authorities said.

Damage to the house and contents was estimated at $125,000, Cartwright said.

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