2 firefighters hurt in blaze

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

May 01, 2008

Two firefighters were injured yesterday while fighting a fire in a vacant two-story rowhouse in West Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported about 3:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of Lauretta Ave., near Franklin and Monroe streets, and was quickly extinguished, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Cartwright said one firefighter suffered second-degree burns to both legs and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; his condition is not considered life-threatening. A second firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his forearm; he was treated at Bayview and released.

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

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