Fire badly damages activist's house

Annapolis blaze is under investigation

businessman Eades vows to rebuild home


Robert H. Eades, an Annapolis community activist, pledged yesterday to rebuild his home after it was almost completely destroyed in a fire Sunday.

"I'm going to see what it takes to rebuild," he said. "I lost everything."

The Annapolis Fire Department responded to a call at Eades' home in the first block of Pleasant St. at 2:39 p.m., said Capt. Joseph Martin, a department spokesman. The fire spread to the houses on both sides of Eades' rowhouse, Martin said.

The department put out the fire in 45 minutes, he said. About 40 firefighters helped extinguish the fire, said Martin, who estimated the damage to all three houses at $250,000.

One firefighter, Lt. Robert Thomas, was treated for heat exhaustion at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released, Martin said.

Eades was not home when the fire started, but he said his fiancee, her daughter and his son were at the house. The fire started in the living room, Eades said.

The Fire Department was investigating and had not determined a cause, Martin said.

Eades owns Neet-N-Klean Taxi Co. and ran unsuccessfully for city council this year. He often talks about his criminal history and time in jail as a way of inspiring city youths to avoid a life of crime.

"I've come too far and proved too much to let this small mishap of fate change anything," he said. "I'm not going to lose that house."

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