A 93-year-old West Baltimore woman died last night in a suspicious fire at her rowhouse near Druid Hill Park, city fire officials said.
The victim's 83-year-old sister -- identified as Viola Trott -- suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Acting Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Sisk said Carrie Pinder, of the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., died after the one-alarm blaze that began at 5:44 p.m. Firefighters on the scene said officials think the house might have been fire bombed. Chief Sisk said he
had no information about those reports. He said the police homicide unit also was looking into the case.
When Ms. Pinder was taken from the house she was in full cardiac arrest -- without a pulse or signs of breathing. Efforts to revive the woman, who also suffered smoke inhalation and second- and third-degree burns, failed.
She was declared dead on arrival at University Hospital.
Firefighter Edgar Allen, who injured his back at the scene of th fire, was treated at Mercy Medical Center.