Man dies in blaze at east-side garage

June 17, 2006|By CHRIS YAKAITIS

An unidentified man died in a fire yesterday afternoon at an auto repair garage in East Baltimore, a fire official said.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said the blaze was reported about 12:25 p.m. in the 1200 block of N. Dallas St. Firefighters found flames and smoke coming from a one-story garage and people in the area yelling that someone was inside the building, he said.

Cartwright said firefighters discovered an adult male in the building who appeared to have died from smoke inhalation and burns. The fire was brought under control in 35 minutes, and there were no other injuries, he said.

Cartwright said the incident is the eighth fire-related death in the city this year.

Ed Stewart, 40, of Northeast Baltimore, said the man who died had rushed in to try and put the fire out. "He was trying to get the gas tank out when it spilled over," Stewart said. "Instead of him running out, he ran in. He meant all the good in the world."

Cartwright said it appeared that car repairs might have been under way when the fire broke out. A sign posted on the property by the director of construction and buildings inspection said the building was condemned in February.

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