A three-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building in Northwest Baltimore yesterday, leaving 25 people homeless and injuring a firefighter who fell from a ladder.
The firefighter, whose name was not available, suffered head injuries and a cut to his forehead in the fall, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a fire department spokesman. He was in good condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
No other injuries were reported in the blaze, which began shortly before 3 p.m. in the two-story building in the 3900 block of Barrington Road, Chief Torres said.
He said the fire, apparently caused by an overloaded electrical circuit, started in the living room of a second-floor apartment.
All 25 occupants of the eight apartments got out safely.
The injured firefighter was one of the first on the scene, had climbed a ladder and was breaking a window to let smoke escape when "fire blew him off the ladder," Chief Torres said.
"Fire damage was centralized to the top floor level," Chief Torres said. "The roof has completely burned off of the building."
Damage was estimated at $330,000, and fire officials said the building was condemned. The Red Cross was helping to arrange temporary shelter for the victims.