Baltimore Firefighters Battle House Fire


Just before 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, Baltimore City's Fire Communications Bureau sounded Box Alarm 20-4 for a reported dwelling fire at 2900 Elgin Avenue in west Baltimore.

Crews reported a two-story, end of group, occupied dwelling with heavy smoke showing.

A Working Fire was transmitted.

Engine crews secured continuous water supplies and pulled attack and back up lines to the front and rear.

Personnel on Engine 36 assumed RIT. Truck crews laddered the dwelling with ground ladders and the aerial. They forced entry for the engine crew, conducted searches, which were negative, opened up to check for hidden fires and controlled utilities.

One firefighter was burned. He was transported by M11 to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center where he was treated and released.

The cause of the fire was an electrical fault in the rear of the basement.

One occupant was displaced. Damage to the structure is estimated at $7,500 and contents at $4,000.