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Man found dead during fire in West Baltimore home

Firefighters battling a blaze in a small rowhome in West Baltimore on Thursday evening discovered the body of a man in a second-floor bedroom, said Roman Clark, spokesman for the city Fire Department.

The man has not yet been identified, and a neighbor said she had never seen anyone go in or out of the home at 615 Claymont Avenue. The homes flanking it were vacant and no other injuries were reported, Clark said. It has not yet been determined whether the man was a resident, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The home did not appear to have smoke alarms, Clark said, adding that the department has a program to distribute them for free to city residents. The fire was reported about 5:15 p.m.

"Our ultimate goal is zero fire deaths in Baltimore City," Clark said. "We're working very strongly toward that."

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