Two people are injured, one seriously, in two-alarm blaze at Towson motel

April 10, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

A motel fire injured two people and damaged eight rooms yesterday morning, according to Baltimore County officials.

The blaze at the two-story Welcome Inn Motel on Loch Bend Drive in Towson started about 9:30 a.m. on the first floor and grew quickly to two alarms.

According to fire officials, firefighters used a ladder to rescue a person from a balcony and entered the building to rescue several people inside. Other guests escaped by climbing over balcony railings, lowering themselves and then dropping to the ground.

About 10 people fled through windows in the rear of the building. The Welcome Inn has 52 rooms and most were occupied, according to a motel employee.

A Fire Department medic unit took one man, who was not identified, to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with "very serious injuries," authorities said. The man might have been attempting to put out the fire.

A second man, also unidentified, was taken to a Towson-area hospital with minor injuries after he tripped and fell. No other injuries were reported.

About 100 firefighters with 30 pieces of equipment brought the fire until control shortly after 10 a.m. One of the motel rooms was severely damaged, and seven others sustained smoke damage.

Fire Department officials said the blaze might have started with an air conditioner but that the investigation continues.

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