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Elijah Cummings' Baltimore rowhome catches fire

Elijah Cummings' Baltimore rowhome catches fire

Rep. Elijah Cummings' West Baltimore rowhome caught fire Tuesday morning, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters were called to the three-story brick rowhome in the 2000 block of Madison Ave. at 10:42 a.m., where they found smoke coming from the roof, said department spokesman Samuel Johnson Jr. They placed the one-alarm blaze under control by 11 a.m.

Windows were broken out on the second and third floors, while debris was piled on the sidewalk beneath a first-floor window holding an Obama '08 poster.

"I was in a Transportation Committee hearing when I learned about the fire at my house in Baltimore," Cummings said in a statement issued Tuesday...