City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

June 25, 2007

Baltimore : Fatal fire

Man, 85, dies in apartment blaze

An 85-year-old man died early yesterday at an area hospital after a fire broke out in the bedroom of his Northwest Baltimore apartment Saturday night, the Baltimore City Fire Department reported yesterday.

The victim's name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The man lived on the fourth floor of the Greenhill Apartments, a senior-housing building in the 2500 block of Violet Ave., where the fire broke shortly before 11 p.m., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. The sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire, Cartwright said, and it did not spread beyond the bedroom.

The man, who suffered smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns, was treated by paramedics and then taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Cartwright said. After arriving, he went into cardiac arrest and died shortly before 2 a.m., Cartwright said.

Another person suffered a minor injury after tripping and falling while trying to exit the building via a stairway, Cartwright said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Cartwright said.

Arin Gencer

Key Bridge

: Suicide threat

Traffic detoured for two hours

Traffic over the Key Bridge was detoured for nearly two hours yesterday while Maryland Transportation Authority Police talked a man out of jumping from the bridge into the Patapsco River, said a spokesman for the city Fire Department.

The identity of the 38-year-old man was withheld.

About 6 p.m., police received a report that a man was about to jump from the midway point of the two-mile bridge, which connects southeastern Baltimore County and South Baltimore, authorities said. The midway point of the span -- a key component of the Baltimore Beltway -- is about 200 feet above the water, authorities said.

Traffic was immediately detoured from the bridge on either side, said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Transportation Authority Police.

City police and Fire Department vessels, the Fire Department's scuba team and Coast Guard vessels from the Curtis Bay station responded.

After more than an hour of talking to the man, he was taken into custody by police and transported to an area medical facility for evaluation.

Green said northbound traffic was reopened at 7:47 p.m. and southbound traffic 10 minutes later.

It was not known from which side the man entered the bridge.

Richard Irwin

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