Firefighter, Five Others Injured in Baltimore Fire

A firefighter was injured and five other people hospitalized after a two-alarm fire early Monday morning in Baltimore, Maryland.

WBAL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Shfavi) the fire started on the first floor and spread to two upper floors of a residence on the south side of the city. Everyone inside the house was able to evacuate safely.

Firefighters aggressively started to fight the fire from the inside and outside but were ordered out of the home the fire intensified, making the structure unstable. WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Kim Dacey said efforts to extinguish the fire were hampered by combustible debris inside the house, which seemed to be under renovation.

Baltimore City fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright said the fire caused a portion of the second floor to collapse onto the first floor. A firefighter who fell off a ladder suffered an ankle injury, but is expected to be all right. Three adults and two children were transported for smoke inhalation.

The fire also damaged two neighboring homes.

Read more and view a video about this incident at http://bit.ly/Shfavi.

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