Officials identify victims in 2 city fires


Names of the two people killed in Baltimore house fires this year were released yesterday by the city Fire Department. The causes of the blazes remain under investigation.

The city's first fire victim of the year, 60-year-old Lucille Simpkins, was found dead of burns and smoke inhalation about 5:30 a.m. on New Year's Day in a burning rowhouse in the 1600 block of Darley Ave., where entry had been impeded by security grates.

The other victim, Edward B. Smith, 60, was unconscious when firefighters pulled him from his burning rowhouse in the 500 block of N. Milton Ave. Monday evening. He was pronounced dead of smoke inhalation shortly after arrival at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

Last year, 29 people died in city fires, Cartwright said.

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