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By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | August 24, 1993
In a scene worthy of Hollywood, a police officer held onto the arm of a woman dangling four stories in the air from a downtown Baltimore fire escape last night until help arrived and she was carried to safety.Authorities said they did not know why the incoherent woman climbed onto and over the rails of the fire escape on the vacant building in the first block of S. Howard St., but believed she was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.A passer-by spotted the 36-year-old woman on the fourth floor of the building, standing dangerously near the open edge of a section where the wall is missing, and alerted men on duty less than a block away on Lombard Street at the Steadman fire house about 7:40 p.m."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
A man jumped from a second-story window of an East Baltimore home that had caught fire Wednesday morning, escaping serious injury, according to the Baltimore Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the home in the 2200 block of E. Preston Street in the Broadway East neighborhood about 7:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke showing, said Capt. Roman Clark, a department spokesman. They discovered a fire in the basement had spread smoke through the home, and the man had jumped out the window to escape, Clark said.
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By Peter Hermann and Ivan Penn and Peter Hermann and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1999
A four-alarm fire blamed by investigators on a faulty air conditioner damaged the top floors of a downtown office building yesterday, forcing frightened workers to flee through smoke-filled stairwells and narrow fire escapes.The midday blaze that started on the fifth floor of the seven-story Knickerbocker building across from City Hall posed a challenge to firefighters. They had to tackle fire 60 feet above the street while at the same time rush inside and help get people out.No serious injuries were reported, but occupants told of harrowing flights from the burning structure.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 6, 2005
John Miller, 19, of Highland owes his life to three noisy dogs who he said woke him at 2:30 a.m. yesterday -- in time to flee the flames and heavy smoke spreading through his family's two-story frame house. Miller was asleep on the first floor of the house in the 13200 block of Styer Court, he said, and never heard a smoke alarm. He woke up to the loud barking of Toby and Matty -- his two black Labradors, and a basset hound named Rascal, who were upstairs. "I just had time to run out," he said later yesterday, sifting through the charred wreckage of the garage and family room with several friends.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 30, 2005
NEW YORK - Besides hoses bearing water, few tools have proved as durable and as useful to New York firefighters as rope. In longstanding rescue practices and on-the-spot improvisations, firefighters have relied on rope since the days when horses pulled engines and volunteers fought fires, right through last weekend when two firefighters used a rope to escape a burning building in the Bronx. Four other firefighters did not have ropes and jumped. Two of them died. In the aftermath, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said he would consider making ropes standard gear for every firefighter, which was the case from 1990 to 2000.
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July 26, 1991
Further investigation by detectives and an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office has determined that a 24-year-old woman found dead in the rear of a downtown building Tuesday afternoon took her own life in a leap from a third-floor fire escape.The body of Kimberly Renee Derr, a native of Macungie, Pa., was discovered about 4 p.m. Tuesday in an alley in the rear of the 300 block of West Baltimore Street, police said. Homicide detectives initially said the woman had fallen from the fire escape but were uncertain if she had jumped or been pushed.
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By Roger Twigg and Eric Siegel and Roger Twigg and Eric Siegel,Staff Writer | July 29, 1993
After interviewing about 20 people, Baltimore police arson investigators said yesterday that the fire on Tuesday in a downtown high-rise office building may have been accidentally caused."
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and Roger Twigg and William F. Zorzi Jr. and Roger Twigg,Staff Writers | July 28, 1993
In a dramatic scene played out before a lunchtime crowd in downtown Baltimore yesterday, firefighters rescued more than two dozen office workers trapped on a fire escape after heavy smoke from a fire forced them to flee a high-rise building.The rickety fire escape at the rear of 16 S. Calvert St. would not extend the last 20 feet to the ground, requiring firefighters to coax the workers the rest of the way on a fire truck's aerial ladder."That was the scariest part, climbing down and trying to get onto the fire truck ladder," said Sharon A. Carpenter-Rose, 31, advertising service manager at Baltimore magazine, which has offices on the 10th floor of the 11-story building.
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By Rob Kasper | September 29, 1990
Rather than rush headlong into a household project, I like to put it "under study."That is what I have done with the "bee wall." This is a brick wall, four flights up, that bees have invaded. Actually I think the invaders are hornets -- yellow jackets -- not honeybees. I am working on making a positive identification. They don't take kindly to folks who come calling.I discovered them on a golden weekend afternoon when, as is the custom of homeowners, I was conducting my annual state-of-the-roof inspection.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | April 1, 1995
CLARIFICATIONNathaniel Hurt, on trial in the slaying of a 13-year-old boy, was convicted in 1980 of assault and received a one-year suspended sentence with one year of supervised probation, according to court records. Articles in The Sun on Saturday and yesterday incorrectly stated that he had no criminal record.The Sun regrets the error.After two East Baltimore children yesterday became the latest to testify that Nathaniel Hurt fired a gun just before 13-year-old Vernon Lee Holmes Jr. was killed, the defense began trying to show that Mr. Hurt didn't intend to shoot the boy.Defense attorney Stephen L. Miles also said he will present testimony suggesting that the fatal shot did not come from Mr. Hurt's gun. "I think I'm going to be able to show there was another shot fired," Mr. Miles said after his client's murder trial recessed for the weekend.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 30, 2005
NEW YORK - Besides hoses bearing water, few tools have proved as durable and as useful to New York firefighters as rope. In longstanding rescue practices and on-the-spot improvisations, firefighters have relied on rope since the days when horses pulled engines and volunteers fought fires, right through last weekend when two firefighters used a rope to escape a burning building in the Bronx. Four other firefighters did not have ropes and jumped. Two of them died. In the aftermath, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said he would consider making ropes standard gear for every firefighter, which was the case from 1990 to 2000.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Baltimore firefighters rescued eight people from a four-alarm fire that tore through the Abbey Schaefer Hotel in Mount Vernon yesterday, leaving 22 people homeless and one in critical condition at a city hospital. Police closed traffic for several blocks of St. Paul and Calvert streets near the hotel for several hours. Fire officials said they had not been able to identify the fire's only victim, a man who suffered a heart attack and was resuscitated by firefighters before being rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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By Marcia Myers, and Richard Irwin and Marcia Myers, and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff | December 6, 1999
Five women were found shot to death in a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse last night, capping a violent weekend in which 10 people were killed by gunfire in the city, police reported.The women, believed to be related, died of multiple gunshot wounds at the home in the 3500 block of Elmley Ave. in Belair-Edison, police said. They were targeted and the shootings were not random, police said. Names of the five were not released last night.Witnesses saw a group of men leaving the neighborhood in a 1992 gold Nissan Maxima shortly before 7:30 p.m. Minutes later, police received a 911 call reporting a shooting in the house.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
A 76-year-old man apparently pushed his friend out a second-story window of a burning West Baltimore rowhouse early yesterday and then collapsed and died, fire officials and a witness said.The woman fell onto a porch roof, injuring her knee, and was treated at a downtown hospital and released.James Lee, a retired construction worker who had moved into the house in 1991, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned."He got the lady out, but he didn't make it out," said Richard England, 70, who lived on the third floor and escaped down a rear fire escape of the rowhouse in the 1300 block of Edmondson Ave."
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By Peter Hermann and Ivan Penn and Peter Hermann and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1999
A four-alarm fire blamed by investigators on a faulty air conditioner damaged the top floors of a downtown office building yesterday, forcing frightened workers to flee through smoke-filled stairwells and narrow fire escapes.The midday blaze that started on the fifth floor of the seven-story Knickerbocker building across from City Hall posed a challenge to firefighters. They had to tackle fire 60 feet above the street while at the same time rush inside and help get people out.No serious injuries were reported, but occupants told of harrowing flights from the burning structure.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 7, 1998
A man was killed in a two-alarm fire last night in Northwest Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman said.Bruce Wayne Dingle, 40, of 5116, Chalgrove Ave. in Pimlico was found in a rear second-floor bedroom of his home and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Fire Inspector Michael Maybin, the spokesman.Maybin said Dingle's nephew, Demone Mason, 17, escaped the burning rowhouse without injury.Maybin said investigators were seeking the cause of the fire that extensively damaged the two-story dwelling.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
A 76-year-old man apparently pushed his friend out a second-story window of a burning West Baltimore rowhouse early yesterday and then collapsed and died, fire officials and a witness said.The woman fell onto a porch roof, injuring her knee, and was treated at a downtown hospital and released.James Lee, a retired construction worker who had moved into the house in 1991, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is planned."He got the lady out, but he didn't make it out," said Richard England, 70, who lived on the third floor and escaped down a rear fire escape of the rowhouse in the 1300 block of Edmondson Ave."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Baltimore firefighters rescued eight people from a four-alarm fire that tore through the Abbey Schaefer Hotel in Mount Vernon yesterday, leaving 22 people homeless and one in critical condition at a city hospital. Police closed traffic for several blocks of St. Paul and Calvert streets near the hotel for several hours. Fire officials said they had not been able to identify the fire's only victim, a man who suffered a heart attack and was resuscitated by firefighters before being rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
A 3-year-old Maryland City boy was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore yesterday after a fire engulfed more than half of his house in flames.Dylan Walter, who was trapped in a bedroom of the one-story, ranch-style home in the 300 block of Marganza St. South when the fire broke out about 9: 30 a.m., suffered smoke inhalation, according to Battalion Chief John Scholz, Anne Arundel County's EMS/Fire/Rescue spokesman.His mother, Renee Walter, 23, escaped.Paul Simms, 38, a county Department of Public Works employee who was nearby at the time, tried unsuccessfully to get into the house to rescue Dylan.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
Stan Scipio unlocks the door to his new home in a bleak industrial building overlooking Greenmount Cemetery and points to its most redeeming feature -- the fire-resistant concrete floors.It has been nearly three months since a blaze at the Hollins Street Exchange destroyed everything Mr. Scipio owned in his home and television production business, except his car and a video camera that he used to film the fire as he fled.While they struggle to rebuild their lives, Mr. Scipio and others who were burned out of the seven-story converted warehouse have been trying to find out why the 11-alarm blaze -- which began in a warehouse across the street -- spread so fast through their building.
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