By Kelsey Kushner


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fire crews are working to put out a fatal fire on S. Stricker Street in downtown Baltimore, officials confirmed Tuesday night.

Fire officials said the fire ignited around 7:30 p.m. on the 300 block of South Stricker Street.

“When we arrived on scene heavy fire was showing from the second and third floor of the three-story vacant dwelling,” said Blair Skinner, Baltimore Fire Department.

Neighbors said they saw sparks flying from the rowhome and heard a woman screaming for help, trapped inside. They said they started yelling at her to jump but never saw her come out.

Firefighters said they found her body on the third floor.

“Firefighters immediately began interior operations and their primary search and they located a body of an adult woman on the third floor,” Skinner said.

Mayor Catherine Pugh arrived on the scene as firefighters continued to work to extinguish the flames.

Fire officials remind people to always have working smoke alarms and fire escape plans.

“They have the opportunity to dial 311 to receive smoking alarms and for members of the fire department to come out and do a sweep of their home just to make sure there are two proper ways of egressing a home,” Skinner said.

Fire officials said the fire is still under investigation.

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Kelsey Kushner

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