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Baltimore Union Blames Serious Injury on Budget Cuts

Baltimore Union Blames Serious Injury on Budget Cuts

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The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

April 10, 2010

One firefighter was in serious condition after falling from a second-story window at an apartment fire in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday.

The union has blamed the injury on budget cuts which has caused a rotating closure of firehouses.

The firefighter, who also had burns to both hands, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. The injuries were not considered life-threatening. He was not identified.

Two residents were also injured during the fire. An elderly woman suffered from burns and smoke inhalation; she was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A young woman was also taken to Bayview for a mild case of smoke inhalation, Cartwright said.

The fire broke out about 9 p.m. in an apartment in the 3900 block of Liberty Heights Ave., he said. The building has at least 12 units, but Cartwright could not say how many people were displaced. He said about four apartments had smoke and fire damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake visited the firefighter at Shock Trauma.