Investigators identify cause of deadly West Baltimore fire

  • The body of one of three victims of an early morning fire is removed from the scene. Five people were in the house in the 3500 block of Woodbrook Ave. Two people escaped.
The body of one of three victims of an early morning fire is removed… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kim…)
March 05, 2010|By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

Baltimore fire investigators said several overheated extension cords caused a West Baltimore rowhouse to catch fire Thursday morning, killing three people inside the house.

The fire, which started about 2 a.m. in the 3500 block of Woodbrook Ave., originated on the first floor near combustible materials, according to Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright. Investigators estimate about $50,000 worth of damage to the building and $20,000 worth of lost contents inside the home.

The cause of death for Alfred Goodman Sr., 61; Alfred Goodman Jr., 41; and Lakeisha Harrison, 19, will be determined by the State Medical Examiner's Office. Two other residents escaped the fire without injury.

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