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Baltimore officials say 61 buildings caught fire during riot

Baltimore fire department officials said Wednesday that 61 buildings caught fire during last month's rioting — about four times more than the city initially said.

That updated figure brings the total number of fires from the riot to more than 200.

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Shortly after looting and vandalism broke out on April 27, city officials said the rioting resulted in 15 structure fires and 144 vehicle fires. But Fire Department spokesman Samuel Johnson Jr. said Wednesday the agency has revised up the estimate for structure fires to 61.

He said he did not have an updated number for the amount of vehicle fires.

Baltimore descended into rioting hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, 25, who died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in police custody. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to help keep order. Six officers have been charged criminally in the case.

More than 200 people were arrested during the worst of the rioting, with more than 350 businesses damaged and 113 officers injured.

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