Baltimore City

Building collapses on car with two people inside in East Baltimore

A rowhouse collapsed on a car with two people inside it in East Baltimore Friday morning, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department.

A woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries from the falling bricks, and a man in the four-door sedan with out-of-state plates was unharmed, said Chief Roman Clark, a fire department spokesman. Neither person’s name was released.


The collapse did not trap them in the car when it happened around 10 a.m. at East Lanvale Street and Greenmount Avenue, near Green Mount Cemetery, Clark said. No one was inside the building when it fell, and no one else was injured, he said.

The cause of the collapse, which occurred on a particularly windy day, is under investigation, and building inspectors responded to the scene, the fire department spokesman said. Clark said the fire department later learned that people had been working on the house, 449 E. Lanvale St.


Hayward Pompey and his ex-wife, Alexis Raiford, are listed in state tax records as the owners.

Reached by phone, Raiford said she had moved to New York in 1997 and hasn’t lived in the house since. She said she hadn’t heard it collapsed.

“I had no idea,” Raiford said.

Pompey could not be reached for comment Friday.

The intersection remained closed through late Friday afternoon during the emergency response, structural investigation and cleanup, said Det. Donny Moses, a Baltimore Police Department spokesman.