A 2-year-old boy was killed and his mother and infant sister were injured yesterday when fire broke out in their two-story row house in Pimlico, according to fire officials.
Firefighters found the body of Taneka Mackey on a sofa in a second-floor front room at 2915 Oakley Ave., Capt. Patrick P. Flynn, a Fire Department spokesman, said.
"It was not a big fire," Captain Flynn said. "Firefighters got to him within minutes after it started."
The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials said the boy may have set the sofa on fire while playing with a lighter. Window curtains behind the couch also had caught fire. Fire officials said the boy may have been overcome by smoke.
The mother, Antoinette Mackey, 27, and her daughter, 7-week-old Tonik Mackey, were treated at Sinai Hospital, officials said.
Captain Flynn said 32 firefighters using 10 firefighting vehicles to confine the fire to the upstairs front room, then put it out. Damage was estimated at $4,000.
Officials said a non-fatal fire occurred in a second-floor rear room of the same house in September 1989.
A total of 27 people have died in Baltimore fires this year, six more than by the same date last year.