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Neighborhood handyman hurt in Northeast Baltimore house fire

Neighborhood handyman hurt in Northeast Baltimore house fire

William Johnson, the 55-year-old handyman neighbors in Northeast Baltimore called "Mr. Shorty," was hurt Thursday night in a house fire.

Neighbors saw him carried from the second floor window of his home in the 1500 block of Homestead St. after firefighters were called to the blaze at 11:20 p.m. They found smoke showing from the two story rowhouse, and the fire had spread to an adjacent rowhouse, the department said in a statement.

"They were having a hard time getting him down the ladder," said neighbor Lewis Ball.

The flames were coming from the roof and front door, Ball said. By midnight, the flames were gone, but the firefighters were still...

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