Girl, 12, injured in house fire


A 12-year-old girl who jumped from the second floor to escape a fire in her rural Howard County home Friday afternoon was recovering yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated for broken bones and smoke inhalation.

Battalion Chief Don Howell of the county's Fire Department said one of four children alone in the house and injured in the fire reported it by telephone just before 5 p.m.

When firefighters from three counties -- Howard, Carroll and Montgomery -- arrived, the fire had destroyed two rooms of the frame building in the 1900 block of Long Corner Road near Lisbon.

Tiffany Fink was taken to the shock trauma center. The other children, April Fink, 14, Cheryl Reynolds, 12, and Douglas Fink, 11, were treated for minor injuries at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. Chief Howell said damage to the house was estimated at $20,000.

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