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One injured in fire, another hurt in building collapse in Baltimore

A man was injured in a fire in North Baltimore and another was hurt in westside building collapse overnight, the Fire Department said Tuesday.

Firefighters rescued a man in his 40s from the basement of a burning two-story apartment building at 545 Wyanoke Ave. in Pen Lucy about 10:20 p.m., department spokesman Samuel Johnson said.

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As the fire spread, the structure collapsed onto the bottom floor and the flames spread to other buildings before firefighters brought the blaze under control at 11 p.m., Johnson said.

The rescued man was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. An unknown number of families were displaced by the fire and were being assisted by neighborhood services, Johnson said.

Authorities believe the fire started from a gas explosion in the basement, but the cause is under investigation, Johnson said.

In the building collapse about five minutes later, a man was injured in a building collapse in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue in Midtown-Edmondson, Johnson said.

Two people were reported to be injured at the scene, but only one man was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, Johnson said.

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