Boy, 3, badly injured in fire Mother escapes blaze at home that causes $80,000 in damage


A 3-year-old Maryland City boy was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore yesterday after a fire engulfed more than half of his house in flames.

Dylan Walter, who was trapped in a bedroom of the one-story, ranch-style home in the 300 block of Marganza St. South when the fire broke out about 9: 30 a.m., suffered smoke inhalation, according to Battalion Chief John Scholz, Anne Arundel County's EMS/Fire/Rescue spokesman.

His mother, Renee Walter, 23, escaped.

Paul Simms, 38, a county Department of Public Works employee who was nearby at the time, tried unsuccessfully to get into the house to rescue Dylan.

Scholz said firefighters reached the boy, checked for a pulse and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him before rushing him by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He later was transferred to the children's hospital.

Firefighters used the ambulance, Scholz said, because the weather had led to the grounding of state police MedEvac helicopters.

Tfc. Charlie Alvear of the Glen Burnie barracks said state police decide whether to fly the helicopters "depending on the amount of rain that's coming down and visibility."

"In order for these types of aircraft to land in a rescue area, you need to be able to see so you don't hit power lines and poles," he said.

Scholz said the blaze, which caused $80,000 in damage to the house, started in the sun room but that investigators had not determined the cause. It was brought under control in 20 minutes.

Simms, who lives in Queen Anne's County, and Renee Walter were treated for smoke inhalation at Bayview and released, Scholz said.

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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