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Some Gilmor Homes units receive space heaters due to lack of sufficient heat

As Baltimore marked its coldest day of the winter Tuesday, some families in Baltimore's Gimor Homes said they lacked sufficient heat.

Families in 13 units of Gilmor Homes reported insufficient heat Tuesday, said Tania Baker, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Housing. Gilmor has more than 500 units in the Sandtown-Winchester community. Maintenance crews delivered space heaters to 11 of the families, Baker said. Two families weren't home when crews arrived, she said, but the crews will return.

Still, Craig "Buddy" Gaskins resorted to the oven and stove to warm his home in the complex. "I don't leave it on overnight," he said. "I just knock the chill out and turn it off."

He said his heat fails to adequately warm the home, and Baker asked for his information to send a crew.

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Temperatures reached just 27 degrees Tuesday afternoon at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, after falling to 13 degrees in the early morning hours. It was the coldest high temperature at BWI since last February.

Lows were forecast in the mid- to upper teens early Wednesday morning, prompting Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen to extend a "Code Blue" advisory through 10 a.m.

Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Dance contributed to this report.

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