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City, county firefighters battle blazes amid snow

Firefighters in the city and Baltimore County battled residential fires in the midst of yesterday's snowstorm. One of the fires was an apartment blaze in Cockeysville that left a man dead and displaced 26 people, authorities reported.

The fatal fire was reported about 7:40 a.m. at 325 Limestone Valley Drive, in the Century II and III apartment complex in Cockeysville. Two people escaped from the apartment where the fire apparently started, but another person - a man of undetermined age, whose name was not immediately divulged - died, said Lt. Vernon Adamson, a county Fire Department spokesman.

A woman was treated for chest pain, but no other injuries were reported, he said.

Ten children and 16 adults were displaced. The Red Cross was assisting those needing help.

The heavy snowfall made the operation more difficult, Adamson said, but all fire vehicles in professional and volunteer companies are equipped with chains, and the firehouses are kept clear to prevent delays.

"They did a really good job considering the amount of snow that was in the area," Adamson said.

About 11:15 a.m., the first of three alarms was sounded for a blaze in a two-story woodframe house in the 4000 block of Fleetwood Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

An elderly couple who lived in the house were unharmed, but a firefighter who fell inside the house was treated for injuries to his neck and back, said city fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

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