Two of three fire victims still in hospital

April 20, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |

Editor’s note: This story was corrected at 11:45 p.m. on Friday to change erroneous information provided about the condition of Hope Goins, a 3-year-old girl injured in a fire in Hagerstown Wednesday.

Two of three people who were injured earlier this week in an apartment fire that claimed the life of a Hagerstown woman remained hospitalized Friday in Baltimore.

Hope E. Goins, 3, and Quintin H. Coldsmith, 64, were listed in critical condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Another man injured in the fire, Kenneth W. Goins Jr., 50, was released Friday from Meritus Medical Center, according to city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe.

Wolfe said Kenneth Goins was in Baltimore at the shock trauma center visiting Hope Goins, who is his daughter.

The body of 43-year-old Patricia M. Goins, the wife of Kenneth Goins and mother of Hope Goins, was found in a third-floor apartment at 334 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown after a fire ripped through the building Wednesday afternoon.

Coldsmith is Patricia Goins’ father.

Hagerstown Fire Chief W. Kyd Dieterich said the cause of the blaze appeared to be accidental, but the findings won’t be made official until evidence has been examined and witnesses have been interviewed.
“It might be a couple of weeks,” Dieterich said.

The fire was reported at 12:40 p.m. and took firefighters nearly two hours to bring under control.
Wolfe said the last fatal fire in Hagerstown was at a home on Calvert Terrace in January 2009.


In an earlier version of this story, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe had reported that Hope Goins had been taken off life support and had died. However, a family spokesman said later in the evening that Hope had not been taken off life support.

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