Vacant home, part of East Baltimore 'Forever Together' mural, catches fire

A vacant home on an East Baltimore block used for a "pop-up" mural that was commissioned by the city caught fire Thursday morning.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of E. Eager St., where 35 homes were painted earlier this summer with the words, "Forever Together." Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the city Fire Department, said units found fire showing from the first and second floors, and the blaze was brought under control after about 23 minutes.

Brennan said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

The mural was produced by Stephen Powers, an artist hired by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. The project cost $1,000 and is part of a series of projects Powers expects to complete in the fall, at a total project cost of $47,500.

Photos from the fire scene posted by the city fire union on Twitter show the blaze broke out in the home painted with the second "E" in "Forever."

The fire may have damaged the mural project, but the entire block was already slated for demolition to make way for a children's park, officials said previously.

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