Residents escape burning home, cat rescued after fire in SW Baltimore

Residents escape burning home, cat rescued after fire in SW Baltimore; Video courtesy of Sherman Anderson

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Several people are without a home after fire ripped through a townhome in southwest Baltimore.

Firefighters were called to Wilkens Avenue Saturday evening after reports a house divided into three apartment units had caught fire and people were still inside the building.

The flames were captured on cell phone video by passerby Sherman Anderson.

When firefighters arrived thankfully everyone had escaped the burning house unharmed, including Ronald Pinkney.

“I was asleep and heard the alarm go off,” said Pinkney.

Pinkney lives on the first floor of the townhome, where officials believe the fire originated. Exactly what caused the fire remains under investigation.

“It looks like it started right in the front room in the hallway area,” said Battalion Chief Frederick Ruff, with Baltimore Fire Department.

Pinkney told Fox 45 when he saw heavy smoke he ran to the front door, but was unable to get out of the house.

“I couldn’t get out,” said Pinkney. “The door was on fire. So, I went back and ran through the side door, out into the yard and came here to make sure my neighbors were safe.”

Everyone was safe, aside from Pinkney’s cat.

Firefighters were able to rescue the cat from the burning home, after hearing its faint meows from a bathtub. And, after receiving a little oxygen, paramedics at the scene said the furry friend was expected to be okay.

Pinkney said he’s just thankful no one was seriously hurt.

“Thank the Lord,” he said.

Fire officials say one person was seen by a medic at the scene but no one was transported to the hospital.

The fire was under control by 6:52 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

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