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Woman, 88, dies in rowhouse fire

An elderly woman was killed and her son and a city firefighter were injured during a single-alarm fire that raced through a West Baltimore rowhouse yesterday afternoon, the city Fire Department reported.

The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. in a two-story brick building in the 2100 block of W. Fayette St., bringing more than a dozen pieces of fire apparatus and 60 firefighters to the scene, said department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

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Entering the home, firefighters encountered heavy fire and thick smoke throughout the first floor. Some were extinguishing the flames while others raced to the smoke-filled second floor, where they found an 88-year-old woman lying in bed and burned over most of her body, Cartwright said.

The woman's 60-year-old son was found outside suffering from smoke inhalation, he added.

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Cartwright said the woman was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and died less than an hour later. The son was treated for smoke inhalation at University of Maryland Medical Center. Their names were being withheld pending notification of family members, Cartwright said.

A firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated for minor burns at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center burn unit, the spokesman said.

The fire was declared under control at 4:20 p.m., and the cause was under investigation. The death was the 28th in city fires this year, Cartwright said.


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