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Baltimore fire death total highest in a decade

Posted at 5:52 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 17:52:29-05

The latest city fire happened in West Baltimore.

Firefighters showed up to see flames coming out of the top two windows of a rowhome on North Monroe Street.

Neighbor Meg Williams woke up to the commotion of first responders on her block.

"That's crazy because I didn't smell no fire. I just came by and seen everything," Williams said.

Many neighbors along the block just south of North Avenue thought 1708 was vacant but Baltimore Fire says as firefighters were extinguishing the flames, they found the body of a man.

"Members located the body of an adult male on the second floor in the hallway,” Public Information Officer Blair Skinner said, “His identity has yet to be released and the cause of his death will be determined by the state medical examiner's office."

If the cause of his death is the fire, he would make the 29th victim this year, the highest total in 10 years for Baltimore.

2017 started off with the horrendous house fire that claimed six of the Malone children in January.

The fire was never solved, the fire chief says unfortunately, it never will.

There were other fires with multiple fatalities this year as well including four seniors who died in the Kozy Kottage assisted living home fire in Northwest Baltimore.

Most recently, mother Alicia Evans and her two daughters Amani and Layla died in a house fire last week.

Today while fire investigators look into yet another fatal fire, mother and two daughters are being viewed just a few miles away at the Gary P March funeral home, their funeral scheduled for tomorrow.

"Our number one goal or priority is to have zero fire fatalities each and every year,” Skinner said, “Firefighters have been in the community constantly expressing the importance of having working smoke alarms in the homes of every single resident within Baltimore City."

ATF agents are assisting Baltimore Fire Department investigators but the cause of the North Monroe Street fire and death of man found inside is still under investigation.