Woman rescued from house fire

October 10, 2007|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun reporter

Rocky Scott was selling newspapers at Greenmount and North avenues yesterday when a cloud of smoke rose from a nearby three-story rowhouse.

Scott, a vendor for The Sun, and three other men went into the burning house in the 400 block of E. North Ave. and found a 64-year-old woman, whom they escorted to safety.

"We just walked her out," Scott said. "I was just doing the right thing. It was something that a man is supposed to do. I was raised like that."

Anthony Butler, who said he helped with the rescue, said, "I almost fell out getting her out of there because of all that smoke."

The blaze, which started about 9:35 a.m., was brought under control in about 15 minutes, said Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

Marvin Francis, 42, said he lives in the house and that the woman who was rescued is his aunt, Barbara Sykes. Eight people live in the house, including three children, he said.

Sykes, who was alone in the house when the fire erupted, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for examination. She did not appear to be seriously injured.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined, no injuries were reported and the blaze did not spread to any other houses, Cartwright said.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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