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66-year-old man who died Tuesday in fire at downtown Baltimore high rise was in cardiac arrest, officials say

BCFD is at the scene of a building fire at the corner of North Calvert and Lexington streets.
BCFD is at the scene of a building fire at the corner of North Calvert and Lexington streets. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

A man died after firefighters rescued him late Tuesday afternoon from a fire in a downtown Baltimore high-rise building, city fire officials said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Blair Adams, fire department spokeswoman. Adams said she did not know exactly how the man was injured. She said no other injuries had been reported as of approximately 6 p.m.

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On Wednesday, the Baltimore Fire Department said in a news release that during their primary search, firefighters located the man, 66 years old, in cardiac arrest. Firefighters quickly pulled the victim out and began CPR before transporting him to the hospital in critical condition, the release said.

The man’s identity has yet to be identified, and the cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, the department said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Firefighters responded shortly after 5 p.m. to the 200 block of E. Lexington Street for reports of a fire, and arrived shortly thereafter to find a fire on the fourth floor of the 17-story building, Adams said.

She said crews were able to contain the blaze to the fourth floor and extinguished the fire within the hour.

BCFD is at the scene of a building fire at the corner of North Calvert and Lexington streets.
BCFD is at the scene of a building fire at the corner of North Calvert and Lexington streets. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

The fire was traced back to a closet, Adams said.

Firefighters at the scene put in a “special request for fans so that we can properly ventilate” the building, Adams said.

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It’s not clear whether other residents of the building were forced to evacuate.

Adams said it was “more than likely” other occupants were asked to shelter in place.

Firefighters take cover under an awning from the heavy rain.
Firefighters take cover under an awning from the heavy rain. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
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