December 25, 2007

Four escape from burning rowhouse in N.E. Baltimore

Four residents jumped to safety from the second floor of a burning Northeast Baltimore rowhouse early yesterday, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 4100 block of Kinsway about 3 a.m.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said that the nearest firehouse was about 300 feet away and that firefighters arrived to the scene as an elderly man, another man, a woman and a 14-year-old boy were jumping out of a smoke-filled second-floor window and onto an awning.

One of the men suffered serious injuries, with burns to his arm, neck and shoulder, fire officials said. The residents were treated at the burn unit of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The fire was confined to the house, which Cartwright said lacked a working smoke detector. Investigators have not determined a cause.

Brent Jones


: Frostburg

Explosion burns landfill employee

A man was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore after he was burned in an explosion at a landfill near Frostburg.

An official of Houston-based Waste Management Inc. says George Abucebicz was injured Thursday when he went into a pump house at the Mountainview Landfill in Vale Summit to turn on a pump and the fiery blast erupted.

Waste Management landfill operations manager Doug Whitehead says Abucebicz suffered burns to his back, legs, face and arms.

He said an internal investigation is in progress to determine the cause of the explosion.

Associated Press

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