The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials say there was at least one smoke alarm in the house.
The city had reported 25 fire fatalities in 2017 prior to Wednesday’s fire. The city had 16 fire deaths in 2016.
Skinner attributed the rise, in part, to the Jan. 12 blaze on Springwood Avenue that killed six of the Malone family’s children in one night. A March fire killed four senior citizens at a Northwest Baltimore assisted-living facility.