Two men die, woman injured in West Pratt St. house fire

March 30, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two men were killed and a woman was injured in a house fire on West Pratt Street late last night - a blaze discovered by firefighters driving past the building.

The firefighters of Engine Co. 14 were returning from a medical call about 10:50 p.m. when they noticed flames. They were able to extinguish the fire in about 10 minutes, but they were unable to save everyone who was inside.

The victims were found on the first floor of the house at 1918 W. Pratt St., according to fire authorities. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man, who was in cardiac arrest, died en route to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The woman was taken to Shock Trauma and was being treated for smoke inhalation early today.

Names of the victims were not released.

Although the first floor of the two-story building was nearly burned out, a pharmacy and church on each side did not appear to have been seriously damaged.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. It brought the number of fire-related deaths in the city this year to 21.

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