4-alarm fire in city injures 4, including firefighter

Cause undetermined; damage extensive

August 26, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A four-alarm fire at a carryout restaurant in the city's Irvington neighborhood Sunday night injured four people, including a city firefighter, according to a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters first responded to the Chicken & Trout carryout in the 4000 block of Frederick Avenue about 7:45 p.m. to find heavy smoke in the three-story building's first and second floors and an active fire, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Three people in the building were rescued, Cartwright said. One was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The two others were taken to area hospitals, though Cartwright said he did not know which ones.

Cartwright did not immediately know whether those rescued were adults or children. The injuries were all considered non-life-threatening, Cartwright said.

A firefighter, one of nearly 100 to respond to the fire, also sustained a minor burn on his face and was transported to the burn unit at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Cartwright said. He was discharged soon after.

The fire was placed under control about 9:45 p.m. Two neighboring buildings, including a neighboring unoccupied church building, were also damaged, Cartwright said.

Progress controlling the fire was initially slowed because the "configuration of the building" was unlike most rowhomes in the city and had complicated efforts to fight the fire, Cartwright said.

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.



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