Howard County fire leaves victim with life-threatening injuries

Firefighters put out a fire in Howard County. (Photo: Brad Bell)

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Friday morning in an apartment fire in Howard County.

Firefighters went to the fire at the Columbia Landing apartments in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive at about 9:30 a.m. The injured 56-year-old victim was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Smoke detectors alerted neighbors that the apartment was on fire. When they got outside, they saw a terrible sight: Flames coming out of the apartment.

They feared their ill neighbor was still inside the third floor apartment; firefighters wasted no time making entry.

The woman was carried out in cardiac arrest and suffering from burns. Firefighers performed CPR and restored a heartbeat. The woman was transported to the regional burn center with life threatening injuries.

Michelle Preston says that victim is her friend.

“I'm afraid. I’m really nervous,” says Preston. “I'm looking forward to having her come back home.”

Investigators can’t yet say what started the fire. And though the flames were contained to one unit, a total of five apartments are unlivable.

Preston says her only thoughts are for her friend

“She nice to everybody she come into contact with,” Preston says. “Offers food. Gives you money. She talks to you.”