3 injured in rowhouse fire in Union Square

December 07, 2006

At least seven people, several of them children, escaped a burning rowhouse in Baltimore's Union Square neighborhood yesterday morning. Three people suffered injuries and were treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters were called to the 1400 block of W. Pratt St. about 10 a.m. and found fire on the second and third floors of a three-story brick rowhouse.

The spokesman said the house was occupied by a woman and at least six children and young adults. They included a 16-year-old girl and her 1-year-old infant.

"People did jump from windows," Cartwright said, adding that the young mother carried her child down a smoky stairway to safety. Five children were treated for what Cartwright described as "very mild cases of smoke inhalation," and three of them were taken to hospitals.

The fire, which extended to a vacant rowhouse next door, was brought under control within 30 minutes, Cartwright said. The spokesman said investigators have not determined a cause.

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