Elderly woman dies in Canton rowhouse fire

November 20, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,Sun Reporter

An elderly woman was found dead by city firefighters last night in a burning rowhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.

The fire in the 500 block of S. Streeper St. was reported about 9:30 p.m. by an unknown person calling 911, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters arrived to find "thick smoke" billowing from the first floor, and discovered the woman's body as they searched the two-story dwelling, Cartwright said. The name and age of the woman -- apparently the only person in the rowhouse -- were unknown last night, but Cartwright described her as elderly.

Firefighters remained on the scene late last night, putting out flare-ups of flame in the rowhouse. The cause of the blaze was unknown, and fire investigators were sifting through charred debris for clues.

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