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Firefighters called to 2 fires amid storm, ask residents to clear hydrants

Baltimore City firefighters were called to two fires Thursday morning amid the snow storm, but a spokesman said call volumes were lower than usual.

Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of North Decker Avenue and the 2600 block of Greenmount Avenue, where firefighters had some difficulty getting into the house because snow blocked the doors, said fire spokesman Ian Brennan.

"We haven't had any reports of anything freezing," he said, referring to fire hydrants. He said residents — in addition to sidewalks — should clear areas around fire hydrants to make them accessible in case of a fire.

In preparation for the storm, he said, the department placed additional units on call, including an engine, truck, and eight medic units.

"During these types of emergencies, there's the potential for more, multiple car accidents. … It will allow us to respond without as much of a drain" to resources, he said.

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