City police officers chased down and arrested a man who a witness said had set a fire that injured three in a Lucille Park rowhouse Monday afternoon.
A patrol officer arrived at the house in the 2800 block of Ridgewood Ave. around 4:30 p.m., police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said. A neighbor directed the officer to an alley behind the house.
Officers found a man matching the neighbor's description and chased him more than a mile to Oakley Avenue before capturing and arresting him, Silbert said.
Baltimore police arson units and the Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire. If it's found to have been intentionally set, the suspect could face charges, Silbert said.
Three people in the house were taken to area hospitals.
Neighbor Janice Fraction said she was walking her 6-year-old grandson home from school when she saw flames coming through the front door of the house and smoke billowing from the windows.
Fraction said she saw people climbing out windows onto the roof and a woman fall from a window. She said she called 911 and began alerting neighbors.
Leonard Bibbs, who said his sister was injured in the blaze, said that the street was shut down when he arrived, but that the home was still on fire. He said his sister had been taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center by the time he arrived.
"They told me she had been burned pretty bad," Bibbs said. He said he was told his sister had been on fire when she either jumped or fell from a window.
Fire trucks, hoses and police tape had the block closed for more than an hour Monday night.