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Baltimore firefighters battle six fires in 12 hours Monday night

While Baltimore residents celebrated the July 4 holiday by watching fireworks explode in the sky, city firefighters battled five house fires on the ground Monday night.

Over a 12-hour period, fires in West and Northeast Baltimore displaced at least five people and caused one house to collapse, according to the Baltimore Fire Department. No injuries were reported related to any of the fires. The cause of the fires are under investigation, but none were started by fireworks.

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A vacant two-story rowhome caught fire around 6:20 p.m. in Northwest Baltimore’s Central Park Heights. Firefighters controlled the fire at the 3600 block of West Garrison Avenue within 10 minutes.

Across the city, in Northeast Baltimore, firefighters entered a single-family home in Mayfield at 8 p.m. and discovered fire coming from the basement. Crews extinguished the fire at the 2200 block of Pelham Avenue in a half hour.

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Around the same time, the roof of a middle unit two-story rowhouse caught fire in Northeast Baltimore’s Langston Hughes neighborhood. The roof collapsed under the weight of the flames and heavy water sprayed by fire crews, who controlled the fire by 8:30 p.m. The fire at the 4000 block of West Garrison Avenue is the second fire in the Langston Hughes neighborhood in two days. A two-story house less than a half mile away caught fire Saturday.

Five people were displaced from their home in West Baltimore when the second floor of a two-story house caught fire around 10:32 p.m. Firefighters quickly knocked out the majority of the flames within 10 minutes of arriving at the 2800 block of Mosher Street.

An hour later, a rowhouse in the middle of a row caught fire in Southwest Baltimore’s Saint Josephs neighborhood. Crews arrived at 11:20 p.m. to the South Hilton and Lee Streets, where smoke was showing from the basement and rear of the house and placed the blaze under control around 11:30 p.m.

A shed caught fire in Northwest Baltimore’s Woodmere neighborhood around 12:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire at the 5500 block of Gist Avenue within minutes.


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