Man injured in fatal Summit Ave. fire remains in critical condition

Fire chief says cause of April 18 blaze still undetermined

family's escape might have been impeded by items blocking door

April 30, 2012

A Hagerstown man who was injured in a fire that claimed the lives of two family members, including a 3-year-old girl, remained in critical condition Monday at a Baltimore hospital.

Quinten Coldsmith Jr., 64, was listed in critical condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Coldsmith was injured April 18 when a fire tore through the top floor of an apartment building at 334 Summit Ave.

The body of Coldsmith’s daughter, 43-year-old Patricia Goins, was found in the ruins. Coldsmith’s granddaughter, Hope Goins, died April 20 after she was removed from life support equipment.

Kenneth Goins, 50, husband of Patricia Goins and father of Hope Goins, survived the fire.

Hagerstown Fire Chief W. Kyd Dieterich said Monday that the cause of the fire had not been determined.

He said the family’s escape might have been impeded by furniture and other items that were blocking the front door.

“If you don’t have a second form of egress, that’s a problem — especially in an apartment setting,” Dieterich said.

Firefighters had to rescue the occupants through the rear entrance.

— Dan Dearth

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