BALTIMORE (AP) - Two children were killed Thursday and a third
was in critical condition after an early morning fire swept through
a west Baltimore rowhouse.
A separate fire on Wednesday also claimed the life of one of two
boys who were found "pulseless" and burned in a brick rowhouse, a
hospital spokeswoman said.
In Thursday's fire, firefighters found the first floor of the
home engulfed in flames when they arrived at about 3 a.m., said
Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman with the Baltimore City Fire
Department.
The three children were found on the second floor of the house.
Cartwright said they were taken to Sinai Hospital where the two
boys, aged 6 and 9, were pronounced dead. He said 8-year-old
Jocelyn Walker was listed in critical condition Thursday at the
hospital.
In Wednesday's fire, 11-year-old Davon Dortch died, said the
spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Paramedics
resuscitated Davon and 7-year-old Fidel Russel after the fire broke
out at their home about 2:30 a.m., said Cartwright.
Cartwright said the home had been without electricity since Dec.
19. He said investigators suspect candles may have caused the blaze
but were still investigating.
Fidel remained in critical condition Thursday, the hospital
spokeswoman said. The boys' mother, who was in the home, wasn't
injured, Cartwright said.
Cartwright said there were no adults in the house at the time of
Thursday's fire. He said firefighters found a smoke detector at the
home, but it wasn't installed in a ceiling.
That fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes,
Cartwright said, and investigators were looking into the cause.
Burned carpeting and toys were scattered in front of the orange
brick rowhouse on Thursday morning.


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