Baltimore fire officials said firefighters encountered heavy fire when they arrived about 3:30 a.m. to the 1200 block of Battery Ave. in the Riverside neighborhood. Flames and smoke were coming from the first floor of the three-story home. Flames became so intense that the second floor collapsed onto the first.
"This is a labor-intensive battle with all three floors of the home involved," said Capt. Roman Clark, a city fire department spokesman.
Five residents, including two children, escaped the home and were taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, he said. One firefighter sustained a minor injury, when he slid off a ladder, and is also being treated at an area hospital, Clark said.
The home, which was in the middle of the block of rowhouses, is most likely completely destroyed. Adjacent homes have sustained smoke, fire and water damage, officials said.