Harford fire displaces families

Forest Hill condominium blaze injures two firefighters, damages at least 16 units

May 14, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

A fire that broke out in a Forest Hill condominium complex yesterday displaced more than a dozen families and injured two firefighters before it was brought under control, Harford County authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries among residents of the building, a fire official said

The fire broke out in a section of The Pond condominiums, a complex in the 1700 block of Landmark Drive, off Route 24, authorities said.

Fire rescue crews received a report of the fire at 12:48 p.m., and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the third story of a building that has 12 residential units, according to Dave Williams, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Firefighters extinguished the two-alarm blaze within an hour, Williams said.

In the building where the fire is believed to have begun, Williams said 10 units housed residents, while another two were vacant. In an adjacent building, officials estimated that a half-dozen units were uninhabitable because of fire-related damage, and another six units were being assessed last night.

American Red Cross officials were on the scene last night helping displaced residents find lodging, Williams said.

He did not have an estimate last night of how many people were displaced.

One firefighter suffered burns to his neck and was taken to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Williams said. Another firefighter suffered a hand injury, and was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, he said.

Emergency crews also took a man who complained of chest pains to Upper Chesapeake after he grew ill while standing at the scene, Williams said.

Reached by telephone, a witness to the fire said she watched from her condo across the street as smoke and flames poured out the building, and firefighters fought the blaze.

The flames "were fierce," said Fran Lantrey, 68, a four-year resident of the complex. "All I saw in the beginning was three stories burning straight through, in the center of the block."

Investigators for the state fire marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire, Williams said.


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