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Man believed to be homeless burns to death in Mount Vernon, Baltimore Police say

A man burned to death Thursday morning in central Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore Police said.

Officers were called around 2:40 a.m. to the 400 block of Guilford Avenue for a report of a person on fire.


Witnesses told police they heard a person in distress and covered the man in blankets in an effort to put out the flames until fire personnel arrived.

The man, who police believe was homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Office of the Medical Examiner is determining the man’s identity and cause of death.


Homicide detectives are investigating the death as questionable.

The 400 block of Guilford Avenue is near a parking lot under Interstate 83. The space underneath the Jones Falls Expressway in Mount Vernon has in recent years been the site of homeless encampments.

Christina Flowers, a advocate for the homeless and founder of the Real Care Providers of Belvedere, said the man was living under the overpass. Police have not identified the man, who still was wrapped in blankets when people in the homeless community came to the scene.

“We’re not sure who it is,” said Flowers, adding that there are security cameras near the bridge.

Baltimore Sun reporter Ngan Ho contributed to this article.