Reservoir Hill blaze claims a second life

Man, 57, died Friday at hospital

January 23, 2008|By Richard Irwin

A single-alarm house fire in Reservoir Hill on Jan. 14 that killed an 80-year-old woman has claimed another life, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

Johnny Davis, 57, of the 2100 block of Mount Royal Terrace died Friday at University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries suffered in the fire, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Emma Jetter, who had moved into the house after the death of her caretaker, suffered severe burns to her respiratory system and went into cardiac arrest, dying at Maryland General Hospital hours after the fire, Cartwright said.

Four other residents of the house that overlooks the Jones Falls Expressway near the North Avenue exit ramp - a woman, her twin 10-year-old sons and an infant - escaped the fire without injuries.

Cartwright said that the fire caused extensive damage to the upper floor of the two-story dwelling. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Davis' death was the city's second fire-related fatality this year.

Cartwright said the death Jan. 4 of Clarence Wayne Windbush, 45, of the 3600 block of Dudley Ave., who was found by firefighters in his kitchen, was not fire-related.

Cartwright said Windbush's body was found behind a refrigerator and that it was initially believed he had died in a kitchen fire.

An autopsy determined that Windbush had been electrocuted, Cartwright said. He said he did not know what Windbush was doing behind the refrigerator when he was electrocuted, and his death remains under investigation.

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