Maryland Firefighters Tackle Fatal Apartment Fire

A 54-year-old man died after a fire broke out in his third-floor apartment and three other people were injured, the state fire marshal's office said Tuesday.

The name of the man who died Monday night at the Bradford House Apartments was withheld until his next-of-kin could be notified.

One of the people hurt in the two-alarm blaze was a maintenance worker who tried to fight the fire, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. He went into the unit where the fire began and suffered from smoke inhalation. The worker was taken to Dorchester General Hospital for treatment.

Two residents were also taken to the hospital, one with a heart-related problem and one in respiratory distress, the fire marshal's office said.

A smoke alarm system, a fire alarm system and sprinklers helped more than 130 residents of the four-story building escape.

"Over 130 residents, many of whom are elderly, were given precious time to escape by the sprinkler system," said State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard.

Investigators found the fire stared next to a sofa in the living room of the man who died, but they were still probing the cause.

The fire was contained to that apartment.

The tenant, who depended on oxygen therapy, was found near the sofa and died at the scene.

More 50 firefighters and rescue workers responded to the blaze.

Damage was estimated at $15,000.

Reprinted With Permission Of WMAR (ABC2) News