Overheated cords caused fatal fire

March 06, 2010

Baltimore fire investigators said overheated extension cords caused a West Baltimore rowhouse to catch fire Thursday morning, killing three people inside. 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. 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. There was about $50,000 damage to the building and $20,000 in lost contents, investigators say.

- Brent Jones

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