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Community baffled by 11 fires in Edmondson Village; Baltimore fire officials say investigation continues

Edmondson Village neighbors were reeling Tuesday as the Baltimore fire department continued to investigate the cause of 11 fires that peppered their neighborhood Monday. Police have made no arrests.

Firefighters were first called to the Edmondson Village area for a report of a fire around 1:30 a.m., Baltimore Fire spokeswoman Blair Adams said.

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Adams said at the time it was unclear if all 11 fires — which occurred within several blocks of one another — were related. Fire investigators and the police arson unit were on the scene around 6:30 a.m.

When asked Tuesday if investigators were treating the fires as a possible arson, Adams repeated that the incidents were “under investigation.” Fire union President Richard Altieri was not immediately available to comment Tuesday.

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Allendale Community Association president Anita Cathcart said she’s lived in the neighborhood for over 50 years and never heard of something like this happening.

“I can’t even find the words to really describe because its never happened before,” Cathcart said. “It’s put a real jolt in the community.”

The community president said she has been in regular contact with both law enforcement and the fire department to get updates and she is feeling optimistic that an arrest will be made.

In total, firefighters addressed 11 fires: six in homes, four in trash cans and one car fire.

Several of the homes that burned were occupied. Cathcart hopes to rally the community to help with donations for the families that lost their homes and belongings in the fires.

It’s unclear how many people or families were displaced by the fires.

“I’m just glad nobody was hurt and there were no injuries,” she said. “You can always replace a home, but you can,t replace lives.”

The 11 fires were found at:

500 block of Lyndhurst St., house fire

500 block of Normandy Ave., house fire

500 block of Wildwood Parkway, car fire

4100 block of West Franklin St., house fire

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300 block of Lyndhurst St, trash fire

600 block of Mount Holly St., house fire

500 block of Mount Holly St., house fire

500 block of Lyndhurst St, house fire

500 block of Allendale St, trash fire

3700 block of West Franklin St, trash fire

300 block of Mount Holly St., trash fire

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