City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

September 23, 2007

Baltimore : East side

Unidentified man dies in rowhouse fire

An unidentified man was killed early yesterday morning in a fire in a vacant rowhouse in East Baltimore, the city Fire Department said.

The fire broke out about 1:45 a.m. in a two-story brick house in the 1800 block of N. Chester St., according to department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright.

The boarded-up building was occupied by three apparently homeless people, Cartwright said. Two of them escaped through a second-floor window, but the third was found dead on the second floor after firefighters forced their way into the building.

Cartwright said the man might have been killed by smoke inhalation and burns. A final determination would be made by the state medical examiner, he added. He had no information on the dead man's identity.

One man who escaped was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of an arm injury. Cartwright said he had no information on the gender of the other person who escaped.

Cartwright said it took 35 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze and that no firefighters were injured during the incident.

Cartwright said most of the damage was confined to the building, which is flanked on both sides by boarded-up dwellings. The cause of the fire is undetermined, he said.

MICHAEL DRESSER

Washington Co.

: Hagerstown

Cyclist dies in Nevada accident

A Maryland man was killed when the bicycle he was riding collided with a pickup truck in Incline Village, Nev., authorities said.

Deputies said Lloyd Clarke, 43, of Hagerstown was riding down a hill at high speed Thursday evening when he struck the vehicle in Incline Village, the Washoe County sheriff's office said.

Medical staff pronounced Clarke dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office said no charges had been filed.

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