2-alarm fire in Locust Point row house injures firefighters, residents

Sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday cause freezing in fire hydrants

  • Icicles from sprayed water hoses hang from a mailbox as firefighters stand by across the street while temperatures remained in the teens during a fire that engulfed a home on the 1400 block of Cooksie Street in Locust Point.
Icicles from sprayed water hoses hang from a mailbox as firefighters… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
January 07, 2014|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

Three firefighters and two residents were injured in a 2-alarm fire in a row house in Locust Point Tuesday afternoon, the fire department said.

All five were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the firefighters was hurt in a fall through a floor that collapsed, and one of the civilians and another of the firefighters had burn injuries, department spokesman Ian Brennan said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze in the 1400 block of Cooksie St. around 2 p.m. and brought it under control in around 45 minutes, Brennan said.

A family of five lives in the house, Brennan said, but it wasn't clear whether the civilians injured were residents of the house that caught fire or neighbors in an adjacent house that also sustained damage.

Temperatures below freezing Tuesday afternoon caused water in two fire hydrants to freeze, a situation Brennan said the department anticipated and worked around by using other nearby hydrants. Firefighters were also spreading salt on the street where water from hoses was quickly turning to ice.

"It's an expected concern at this time of year, when it gets this cold, that there may be a hydrant or two that are frozen," he said. "This is a problem for firefighters that goes back as far as they've had fire hydrants."



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