Firefighter hurt in blaze in vacant rowhouse in Barclay

A Baltimore firefighter was injured Sunday evening battling a blaze in a vacant, two-story rowhouse at 304 E. 24th St. in north Baltimore's Barclay neighborhood.

According to the Baltimore Firefighters Union, the fire was reported around 8:08 p.m. and consumed most of the structure's second floor.

The firefighter was injured after he fell through a hole in the first floor of the building into the basement, according to a city fire department spokesman and union representatives. As of 11 p.m., the fire department spokesman said, the injured firefighter had been treated at the scene and transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries; no one else was reported to have injuries.

According to the firefighters union, the fire was declared under control at 8:52 p.m.; 47 firefighters and 17 pieces of equipment were involved.

The union representatives noted that the Barclay fire was the second one Sunday in roughly the same service area, following a fire in the Better Waverly neighborhood. In both cases, they said, the station with the closest fire truck was closed to save money.

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