Two people were injured in a Monday night fire on North Rose Street near Patterson Park.
Pierre Gibbons has always been known as a person who puts others before himself — from helping his son Jeremiah Gibbons start a power-washing business to helping neighbors on his block, says his daughter, 25-year-old Taylor Gibbons.
Monday night was no different. When the Patterson Park resident saw flames bursting from the house across the street, he immediately ran in to save the woman trapped inside.
“We didn’t realize that he would run into a burning building. That kind of selflessness is unmatched,” Taylor said.
The fire broke out in the unit block of North Rose Street in East Baltimore late Monday night, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department.
The Montgomery County resident says her father made his way to the basement of the woman’s home where he knew she was and carried her to the first floor. When the smoke became too much, he collapsed.
Gibbons and the woman, who officials have declined to identify, were rescued by firefighters and taken to the hospital in serious condition, the Baltimore City Fire Department tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Community members have created a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 to help offset Gibbons’ medical and recovery expenses. More than $13,000 had been raised Thursday.
Taylor recalls a beautiful Sunday afternoon spent with her father celebrating her brother Jeremiah’s birthday. Jeremiah has worked as a firefighter and EMT with the department for about four years, department spokesperson Blair Adams said Tuesday.
Today, the family is celebrating Gibbons’ actions and praying the 57-year-old pulls through. He is in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview with third-degree burns on two-thirds of his body, Taylor said.
“My dad, he’s fighting and we’re here for him. I’ve never been so proud of someone in my entire life,” Taylor said.
The family says they’ve been fortunate to have the support from friends, neighbors, and community leaders.
Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, who represents the Patterson Park neighborhood, thanked the fire department and man on social media for their efforts.
“In a horrific situation Baltimoreans stepped up,” he said.
A fire engulfs a two story row home on East Fairmount St. and N. Rose St. near Patterson Park around 10:40pm. Firefighters pulled out one victim from the home. Residents in nearby homes evacuated. Unclear the condition of victim(s). pic.twitter.com/T66vlqKReW
The fire was seen raging at 10:40 p.m. and crews remained on the scene until after midnight. Fire was showing in the rear of a dwelling and quickly spread to three adjacent homes, the department tweeted.