BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A fatal house fire in southwest Baltimore is under investigation and was the third fire crews responded to in the early hours of Monday morning.

Fire crews recovered a man’s body on the third floor of the home.

Another man had jumped out of the third-floor window and was taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

The deadly fire had erupted at the three-story vacant home on the 200 block of Bentalou St.

“They said hurry up, the house next door is on fire,” said Tracy Lipscomb “Hurry up. Everybody get out of the house. So that’s when we ran out of the house.”

Lipscomb lives next door to the house that caught fire. She told WJZ that it should have been boarded up.

“I am upset about it because I own my house,” she said. “That’s the only house I have to live in.”

Crews were called to the scene around 3 a.m.

They entered through the back and quickly contained the fire.

“We were notified an adult male jumped from the third floor and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition,” said Blair Adams with Baltimore Fire. “and during a secondary search they located the body of an adult male on the third floor.”

It was a busy morning for Baltimore City Fire crews.

Just hours before, they had battled a fire in a vacant one-story bar in the 300 block of South Bentalou St.

Right after they had responded to yet another nearby fire.

“And also in the 400 block of Ferral Street, there was another fire where a woman jumped from the second floor of a group dwelling,” said Adams. “She was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.”

Baltimore City Fire is working to manage their resources during this active fire season.

They’re reminding people to have a working smoke alarm and to have a fire safety sweep conducted inside of their home.

All three fires are under investigation.


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