8:33 AM EST, March 3, 2013
Baltimore Fire Department officials say one person was found dead in a dwelling fire Sunday morning in the 1700 block of N. Broadway, and one firefighter responding to the scene suffered a minor burn while fighting the blaze.
Officials said firefighters responded to the report of a dwelling fire and found heavy fire and smoke coming from second and third floor windows. As they ascended to the second floor, firefighters were met with intense heat, heavy smoke and fire, officials said, but pressed on because of reports that people may have been trapped.
While attacking the fire, firefighters performed search and rescue operations and found an unconscious, non-responsive adult victim in a front bedroom. That person was pronounced dead at the scene, and had not been identified as of Sunday morning.
No other victims were found. While battling the blaze one firefighter suffered a minor burn to his ear and was treated at the scene, officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire was dispatched at 5:40 a.m.
Fire investigators and police arson detectives were on the scene Sunday morning performing assessments. Officials said it was not yet determined if the home had working smoke alarms.
The home suffered significant fire and smoke damage, but no cost estimates have been determined at this point.
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