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Baltimore fire, police crews on scene of floor collapse in East Baltimore vacant

Jeremy Silbert updates an investigation on a possible burglary in a vacant building on North Gay Street.

Baltimore fire crews found no one inside an East Baltimore vacant building in which a floor had partially collapsed Thursday.

Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams initially said a man was trapped inside the basement of the neighboring Super Z Mart liquor store, but later clarified that the floor collapse had happened in the vacant next door and said firefighters were still determining whether anyone was inside.

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“It hasn’t been confirmed,” she said. “That was the report that initially came in.”

After finding no one in the building’s basement, crews loaded an empty stretcher into an ambulance and eventually cleared the scene.

Police were investigating whether someone had gone into the vacant building to attempt to burglarize the liquor store next door, detective Jeremy Silbert said. Police and firefighters responded about 11 a.m. to the store in the 1800 block of North Gay St., at the corner of East North Avenue near the Baltimore Cemetery.

While no one was found, and it’s unclear whether the liquor store had any signs of a break-in, the attempted burglary investigation remains ongoing, Silbert said.

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