On Thursday night, a separate, three-alarm fire about a mile away — also in Northeast — left one woman injured.

Firefighters responded to the 4700 block of Schley Avenue about 7 p.m. for a report of a house fire and found a duplex of five apartments with flames coming from the second floor, Cartwright said.

At the scene, neighbors watched as firefighters began attacking the flames. An 18-year-old resident of one of the apartments suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Cartwright said.

Other residents stood outside, awaiting information on how their apartments had fared and what the damage would be.

"I could hear the water coming through my ceiling," said Mark Boyd, 56, who has lived in one of the duplex's first-floor apartments for the past four years. "When I came out of my front door, [firefighters] said, 'Yeah, you've got to get out of here,' and I said, 'No problem.'"

As Boyd spoke, firefighters were taking chain saws and axes to the roof, pulling away pieces of wood as smoke poured out. Property records show the three-story structure dates to 1895.

The blaze had been brought under control by 8:10 p.m., Cartwright said. No cause had been determined late Thursday.

Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this article.

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