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Man killed in early-morning fire on Greenspring Avenue

A man died after being found at the scene of an early morning fire on Greenspring Avenue in North Baltimore, city police said. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)

A 74-year-old man died in an early-morning one-alarm fire Friday on Greenspring Avenue in North Baltimore, city fire officials said.

Fire Department spokesman Roman Clark said personnel were dispatched at 3:06 a.m. to the 3800 block of Greenspring Ave., where smoke was pouring from the house. Upon extinguishing the fire, the crew discovered Lynlade Gordon unconscious on the first floor, Clark said.

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Gordon had lived in the house since the 1970s and was well-known and liked in his community, according to his next-door neighbor, Joseph Garrett.

"He knew everybody. Everybody loved the man. He was an all-around good guy. He and I were like brothers," Garrett said.

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Garrett said he was awakened by his sister early Friday when she realized the house was full of smoke.

"The top floor was smoked up, the basement smoked up. I couldn't find a source for the smoke. I jumped on the phone and called 911," he said.

Before the firetruck arrived, he realized that Gordon's house was on fire. The flames were coming from the couch below the front window, Garrett said, and when firefighters arrived they broke through the front window and pulled the smoldering couch out of the house. Garrett said Gordon did not smoke.

"They brought him down on the gurney. When they brought him out, you knew he was gone," Garrett said. He said Gordon was a retired security officer.

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First responders administered CPR then took Gordon to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Clark.

He said the cause of death had not been determined.

No one else was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Clark added that the home had two smoke alarms, and fire officials are investigating whether they were functioning.

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