A 33-year-old West Baltimore woman was killed in an early-morning fire yesterday that engulfed a two-story home, while two children escaped by jumping two floors into the arms of a man.
City firefighters were alerted to the one-alarm fire in the 1900 block of Fulton Ave. at 5:06 a.m., said Capt. Roman Clark.
Clark said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Lakesha Lynch was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Clark said witnesses told firefighters that an unknown man urged an 8-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy to jump from a second-story window. The children were not injured, but the man suffered minor cuts and bruises to his face and was taken to an area hospital.
Yesterday morning, a mound of charred and burnt debris, including a mattress and children's toys, lay outside the burnt house.
Dolly Bowens, 59, who lives next door, said she woke up after hearing children screaming and then smelled smoke. "There were people hollering outside, telling [the children] to jump," said Bowens.
"It was bad," she said of the fire. "We thought it was going to come over here."
Bowens said Lynch and her children had lived in the house for about five or six years and that she has a third son who is attending school in South Carolina.
"I'm glad the kids made it out, but I'm still sad about her - that she didn't make it," said Bowens.