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Woman killed in apparent arson in Northeast Baltimore

Baltimore Police detectives are investigating an early morning apartment fire in Northeast Baltimore that killed a woman as an arson.

The woman was found dead in an apartment in the 5200 block of Frankford Avenue in the Frankford neighborhood following the 3:30 a.m. fire, said T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police.

Seven other people escaped from the building with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, Smith said. Ten of the 12 apartments in the brick, garden-style building were leased.

Investigators quickly found evidence that made it "apparent and obvious" that the fire was intentionally set, Smith said.

Smith declined to elaborate on what evidence was found, where it was found or where the fire started, citing the ongoing investigation. The identity of the woman who died was not made public Friday morning.

Smith called on the public for help in identifying the suspect who set the fire.

"We need to know who this person is ... We absolutely need the public's help," Smith said.

The building is part of a larger complex, and Smith said even more people could have been injured or killed had the fire spread.

"This could have been an even larger tragedy," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

The American Red Cross responded to help the residents displaced by the fire.

Frankford Avenue remained blocked off to traffic as the investigation continued Friday morning.

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