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39 people displaced after Northwest Baltimore block catches fire

Nine rowhouses were involved in a fire on the 5100 block of Cordelia Avenue. Nobody was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thirty-nine people were displaced after a rowhouse fire in Northwest Baltimore spread to eight other homes on the block Thursday afternoon, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported about 3 p.m. It started in a two-story home on the end of the 5100 block of Cordelia Ave. in the Langston Hughes neighborhood. The fire spread quickly to other homes, said Fire Department Capt. Roman Clark.

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"They tried to get a stop on the fire as best as possible, but these homes have a common loft with no firewall," Clark said. "[The fire] got up into the loft and spread rapidly."

Clark said the fire continued to burn and a third alarm was requested. It was brought under control about two hours after the initial call.

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No one was reported injured, Clark said. The fire caused well over $500,000 in damages and a cause was not immediately known.

Brittany Fowler of the The American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region said six families were taken to their facility on Mount Hope Drive and later placed in hotels as a result of the fire damage.

There, Red Cross case workers met with the families and gave them blankets and dinner, and assessed their immediate need for clothing, shoes, food and other items, Fowler said.

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