Howard house fire critically injures woman, 65

August 25, 2004|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

A fire raged through an Ellicott City home yesterday morning and injured three people, including a woman who suffered burns over half her body and remained in critical condition, authorities said.

Fire officials said three people were home when the fire started, and all managed to escape before rescue workers arrived. Units from Howard and Baltimore counties responded to a 911 call at 3:46 a.m. and brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes, a Howard fire spokesman said.

Ian T. Hill, 71, and Josephine R. Hill, 65, and their daughter, Deborah Hill, 38, were in the home in the 2800 block of Dana Court when smoke alarms are said to have alerted them to the fire.

The three were taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center burn unit in East Baltimore, where Ian Hill was listed in fair condition and Josephine Hill in critical condition. The Hills' daughter was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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