Trailer fire kills a man, badly burns a second


One man was killed and another was critically injured yesterday morning when fire burned out an abandoned trailer that apparently had been turned into a makeshift home in a Southeast Baltimore industrial park.

Police arson and homicide detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy scheduled for today to determine the cause of death for the deceased man.

"We could have a homicide here," said Detective Martin Young.

The surviving man suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body and a lacerated throat. Police are investigating whether the throat injury was accidental or intentional.

Police said the man was in critical and unstable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Burn Unit.

Young said the men were in their early 40s and at one time each lived in Armistead Gardens, a short distance across Pulaski Highway from where they were found.

Young said their names were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The fire occurred on a back lot of a trucking company in the 6300 block of Erdman Ave.

Two firefighters on their way home from work discovered the blaze behind Pier Transportation Inc. in a discarded refrigerated truck box-trailer.

"They ran to the trailer to see if there was anyone inside," said Lt. George Klein of the Southeastern District. "They located one gentleman who they pulled out. He was fully engulfed in flame. They were able to roll him in a blanket and put the fire out."

Klein said the injured man told firefighters that "he had a buddy inside." The firefighters returned and found the badly burned body, but "the heat was so intense they couldn't get any further in the trailer," he said.

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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