By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
9:33 AM EST, February 20, 2013
Baltimore fire officials are investigating how a home in Northeast Baltimore burst into flames early Wednesday morning just hours after an earlier fire at the same address had been brought under control.
Both fires rose to two alarms, the fire department said.
The first fire caused significant damage to the basement and first and second floors of the home in the 4800 block of Greencrest Road, in the city's Frankford neighborhood, officials said.
The fire was contained to the home, but smoke damage was sustained by an adjacent home, officials said.
The residents of the home were not there when the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported, officials said. The fire was placed under control at 12:25 a.m.
About five hours later, a second fire in the home broke out, possibly caused by embers from the first fire that hadn't been fully extinguished, officials said.
That fire had also been brought under control as of 7 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.
Officials are now investigating the causes of both fires.
Douglas Lent, a spokesman for the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region, said Red Cross volunteers had just met with residents of the home at a neighbor's home a couple doors down — helping them with emergency shelter and financial assistance — when the second blaze broke out.
He said the volunteers were not aware of how the second fire started.
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