Fire-damaged rowhouse was '05 triple-death scene

May 17, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,sun reporter

A Remington rowhouse, badly damaged in a fire Tuesday that seriously injured a woman, was the scene of a triple killing over a drug dispute more than two years ago.

Police and arson investigators have preliminarily determined that the fire at 541 W. 27th St. was caused by an electrical malfunction of a fan, said Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman.

"First, the shooting and now this. What next?" said Margaret Marousek, 79, who lives next door to the burned building. Marousek said her rowhouse, where she lives with her sister, had smoke and water damage.

The fire broke out shortly before 7 p.m., and firefighters had it under control within 20 minutes. The name of the woman who was injured was not released.

In January 2005, a gunman killed three men and wounded two others in the halfway house for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. Neighbors said they thought the dwelling, built in 1912, was still operating as a halfway house. The owner could not be reached for comment yesterday.

State property records show that the North Baltimore building is owned by Club 12 Corp., the business that owned the property at the time of the shootings.

Police and prosecutors have said that the three men were killed because one of them, Antwan Arthur, owed a $300 marijuana debt.

They said the others were shot to eliminate them as witnesses. Two men were charged in the homicides. Derrick Taylor was convicted in February and is serving three consecutive life terms in prison. Prosecutors dropped the case against the other man, Corey McMillon, because of witness problems. He remains imprisoned on another murder conviction.

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