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Two dead in Baltimore after vacant rowhouse blaze, fire officials say

Two people were found dead in the aftermath of a vacant rowhouse fire in South Baltimore early Saturday morning, city fire officials said.

It’s unclear what prompted the blaze and whether the people, a male and a female, who appeared to be adults, died because of the fire, said Assistant Fire Chief Roman Clark.

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In a statement released by his office Saturday, Mayor Brandon Scott said he was devastated to learn of the fire.

“This is an absolute tragedy and my heart and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased,” Scott said.

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Firefighters responded around 1:30 a.m. to the 1100 block of Sergeant Street to find a heavy fire at a two-story rowhouse, officials said.

Flames were visible on both floors. A video shared on Twitter by the union representing Baltimore firefighters, the IAFF Local 734, showed fire raging from a second story window.

While Clark couldn’t say exactly how long it took for firefighters to battle back the blaze, he said “units managed to extinguish very quickly.”

Scott praised the “brave” firefighters “for their quick efforts to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to additional homes.”

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Firefighters searched the house and found one person on the first floor and another in the basement, the department said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, and it’ll be up to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine what led to their deaths.

In the meantime, Clark said, fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Scott said his office would keep close contact with the fire department and “the surrounding neighbors of Sergeant Street to provide support in the wake of this deadly fire.”

No civilians or firefighters were injured during the fire, Clark said.

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