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One dead, five injured after building collapsed in East Baltimore

East Baltimore building collapse
Posted at 9:42 PM, Feb 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-09 18:31:52-05

BALTIMORE — One person is dead and five people are injured after a building collapsed in East Baltimore this evening.

Police have identified the man killed as 54-year-old Alfred Fincher. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Around 8:54 p.m., Baltimore Police officers spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of East North Avenue. Police say officers tried to investigate, but the driver took off.

Investigators say the stolen vehicle hit another car and both vehicles collided into a building at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Wolfe Street causing the building to collapse.

There were two people in the stolen Hyundai Sonata at the time of the crash.

David Wright was watching TV before he heard the crash that caused a building to collapse.

"I thought something blew up the neighborhood. I ran outside and everything was dusty and dirty, [it was] hard to see and people [were] screaming," Wright said.

"I seen an officer carry a woman swiftly from all of the debris and dirt to the other side of the street in his arms, and lay her down and run back and continue to help," Wright said.

The five people in the vehicles involved in the crash were all injured. They were taken to local hospitals where they were treated and have since been released.

The investigation is open and ongoing.

The driver of the stolen vehicle has been arrested and identified as 33-year-old Shawn Lee Brunson.

Brunson has been charged with Stolen Auto and future charges are pending.

The 2017 Hyundai was stolen in Baltimore on February 7.