Woman, 59, who died in fire in Highlandtown is identified

November 21, 2006|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Reporter

The woman who died Sunday night in a fire at her Highlandtown rowhouse has been identified as Mary Kasprazak, 59, a city Fire Department spokesman said yesterday.

Firefighters responding to the single-alarm fire about 9:30 p.m. found Kasprazak unconscious in a first-floor room of the dwelling in the 500 block of S. Streeper St. and carried her outside, where she was pronounced dead a few minutes later, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Ida May Samenski, a neighbor, said Kasprazak had lived there alone since her parents died a few years ago. "She was a friendly neighbor but stayed mostly by herself," Samenski said.

Cartwright said the fire was confined to the first floor of the two-story brick rowhouse and that its cause and origin were being investigated.

The death was the 18th this year in Baltimore fires; 22 died in city fires last year, Cartwright said.

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