Police: Fatal E. Baltimore fire investigated as arson

Man's death is first such homicide since 2006, according to police records

December 19, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A fire in East Baltimore that killed a man Saturday morning is being investigated as an arson, city police said.

Police spokesman Kevin Brown did not provide additional information and city fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright said he did not have any updates on the investigation.

The death is the first arson homicide in the city since 2006, according to police records.

The victim has not been identified, though a neighbor said he believed the victim was a friend of the home's owner.

City police previously said that they believe the man died from smoke inhalation and burns; according to Cartwright, a cause of death will be determined through an autopsy.

The fire was reported at about 6:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Homestead Ave., not far from where six members of a family died in a blaze days earlier. Investigators have also said that a fire that ravaged The Block, the city's red light district, was set, though they stopped short of calling it an arson.

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