Baltimore Fire Leaves 14 Families Homeless, Highlandtown
“I looked out and there was fire coming out of the second floor window next door too, so I came out and started knocking on doors, and everybody started to come out, and it started to burn everything, started to burn the whole block…” – Clayton Sarvis, homeowner affected by fire
Fire broke out yesterday morning on the 100 block of South Eaton Street in the Highlandtown area of east Baltimore.
Baltimore Fire crews arrived to heavy fire from three 2-story row homes. Working on the fire between 3:45 and 5:30, fire crews were able to get control of the fire but not before it had spread to 11 additional homes.
The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in physical damages according to fire investigators. This is not including personal effects and the emotional toll of everyone affected.
“It’s just devastating. It’s devastating. You can’t even know..” – Eddie Magliano, resident
A devastating event that could have had a far higher degree of devastation had there been any injuries or fatalities. But thanks to the quick actions of Clayton Sarvis and the Baltimore fire department, Baltimore has been spared that tragedy on this day.
“There’s a silver lining to every cloud” – Katty Macane
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
For those who would like to help the families affected by the major fire on on the 100 block of S. Eaton Street in the early morning of June 14th:
Breath Of God Lutheran Church, the Southeast CDC, and Highlandtown Elementary #237 are working together to support the families as they get reestablished, following up on the emergency support provided by the city and Red Cross. We are working on a system to handle material donations (clothes, food, furniture–challenging with 14 affected homes) and will let you know as soon as we can. We are set up to receive financial contributions, which are truly the most useful in a time like this. The needs of each family are different based on the severity of the damage, what they’ve lost, their own circumstances. Financial donations provide the most flexibility to help them begin to rebuild. Cash, checks, and gift cards can be dropped off at the church office (through the door mail slot at 141 S. Clinton) or donations can be made online at www.breathofgodLC.org/howtohelp/
The American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region dispatched Disaster Action Team volunteers to help victims of the fire with food, clothing and lodging needs.
Should anyone want to donate directly to the Red Cross, they can go to redcross.org.