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Fire crews said a body was found in an East Baltimore vacant house fire

Posted: 5:58 AM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-17 08:46:38-04
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BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Fire officials are investigating a fatal fire in East Baltimore Thursday morning.

The department said crews were on the scene of a vacant house fire in the 600 block of E. Biddle Street, where they found a body on the first floor of the building.

Police later identified the victim as 52-year-old Anita Cheek.

On July 12, police charged 34-year-old David Okoroji in Cheek's death. Police said Okoroji said he was Cheek's girlfriend, and that the two of them were living in the vacant house. Police said Okoroji said he stabbed Cheek, who was pregnant, and then set fire to the house. Police did not confirm if Cheek was pregnant.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

We will update this story with more information as soon as we get it.