Baltimore firefighters knocked down a small fire in the basement of a vacant building in the 2900 block of East Monument Street on Monday night.

The call came in just before 10 p.m., and it was put out without issue, fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said. The cause is under investigation.

Brennan said fires are more common as the weather gets colder and the department is reminding citizens to make sure their homes have working smoke alarms. Electrical fires are the most common citywide, he said, so make sure to check household appliances routinely for any risks.

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