A man has died after a West Baltimore fire that also killed his mother last month.

Leon Pope, 55, was in critical condition after firefighters pulled him from the blaze at a home in the 2300 block of Orem Ave. on March 25. He died later that day, according to the Baltimore Fire Department. His mother, Dorothy Mae Pope, 83, also died in the fire.


Officials with the Baltimore Fire Department did not release the names of the deceased. However, their identities were confirmed by family.

The electricity had been shut off in the house for several years, according to neighbors and family members.

Dorothy Pope was born in Hamlet, N.C., said her daughter, Lilita Pope of Baltimore. Dorothy Pope moved to Maryland with her own mother, who originally owned the house on Orem Avenue, and worked for years as a secretary for the Maryland State Police. She had three children and eight grandchildren.

81-year-old woman dies, man in critical condition after late-night fire in Northwest Baltimore

An 81-year-old woman died after a house fire in the 2300 block of Orem Avenue in Northwest Baltimore early Sunday morning, according to the Baltimore Fire Department.

“She will be truly missed,” said Lilita Pope.

Dorothy Pope’s son, Leon Pope, graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and later worked for Pepsi-Cola. He had two children and three grandchildren, said Lilita.

Family members questioned whether the fire could have been intentionally set, due to the extensive damage it caused. On a recent visit, only the Formstone facade of the home remained intact, with smudges of soot above the spaces where the windows had been. Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

In 2018, there have been five fire fatalities in Baltimore.