Fatal fires

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May 15, 1982 Ten people died in a two-alarm rowhouse blaze at 2781 Tivoly Ave., near Clifton Park. A candle that toppled over and ignited a sofa was listed as the cause of the fire, which officials said at the time was the deadliest in more than 35 years. Electrical power had been cut off a day earlier for nonpayment of an $808 BGE bill.

Feb. 26, 1994 Nine people, including seven children, died at 2035 Hollins St., a West Baltimore rowhouse where electrical power had been cut off in October because of unpaid bills. A candle being used as a light source ignited the blaze, officials said.

Dec. 9, 1983 Eight people, including five children, died in a West Baltimore rowhouse blaze, in the 1100 block of N. Monroe St., believed to have been caused by careless smoking.

Jan. 19, 1975 Eight people killed in a house fire in the 2900 block of Walbrook Ave. Authorities said a discarded cigarette was the cause.

Nov. 6, 1966 Eight people were killed in a house fire in the 1100 block of W. Franklin St.

Jan. 9, 1994 A blaze in the 600 block of Edgewood St. in West Baltimore claimed the lives of seven people, six of them children. Investigators said clothing piled on top of a heating grate ignited the rowhouse blaze.

March 27, 1975 Seven people died in an early morning fire at a rowhouse in the 1700 block of Woodbourne Avenue.

Oct. 16, 2002 Angela and Carnell Dawson and their five children were killed in a fire in an East Baltimore rowhouse that was set in retaliation for the couple calling police about neighborhood drug dealing.

May 22, 2007 Six people were killed in a rowhouse fire at 1903 Cecil Ave. in East Baltimore. The dead included several children. Firefighters found four victims in a second-floor bedroom, another at the bottom of the stairs and the sixth died at a hospital.

March 3, 1997 Six children ages 3 through 12 were killed in an East Baltimore fire on Lakewood Avenue.

July 7, 1992 Six children were killed in a rowhouse fire in the 2400 block of E. Eager St. The blaze was set by their mother, Tonya Lucas, who was sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison.

July 17, 1975 Six people died in a fire in the 500 block of Laurens St. that police said might have started during an argument between a husband and wife over $20.

Feb. 16, 1955 Six Baltimore firefighters were killed and 23 injured in the nine-alarm fire that destroyed the Tru-Fit Clothing Co. in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St.

Also, a fire at Arundel Park Auditorium, just south of the Baltimore line, claimed 10 lives on Jan. 30, 1956. The fire, described then as the worst since the Baltimore fire of 1904, engulfed the large building where more than 1,100 people were attending an oyster roast. At least 130 people were injured.

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