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Woman dies in Southwest Baltimore fire

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A fire in a Southwest Baltimore apartment building Sunday afternoon left one woman dead and required dozens of evacuations, Baltimore fire officials said.

The fire was reported about 2:15 p.m. and was under control before 3 p.m., fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said. It started in and was contained to one apartment in the five-story building at 1820 Spence Street, he said, but heavy smoke spread throughout it, requiring the evacuations.

Firefighters found the woman, who has not yet been identified by fire officials, in an apartment on the second floor that was filled with "tons of smoke," Brennan said. She was unresponsive and taken to a hospital in critical condition, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m., Brennan said. He did not immediately have information on whether the fire started in the same apartment where the woman was found.

Brennan said one man was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries — a cut to the head. A third person also had injuries that were not life-threatening, but few details were available on that person's injuries.

The woman's death is the 11th fire-related death in Baltimore this year. Last year, 12 people died from fires in the city.

Another serious fire was reported in the city's Gilmor Homes public housing project Sunday evening, with another woman taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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