House fires including one with the Pride flag are under investigation

An intense fire in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore damaged four townhouses and sent three people to hospital on Wednesday. There are concerns in the area over another fire just down the block where someone burned a Pride flag. The diverse and tight-knit community asked many questions – Were the fires related? Was it an act of hate? The fire woke up neighbors on E. 31 Street at 4:30 a.m. “I heard a bunch of glass breaking – it sounded like people were dropping things on the street – and we looked up and saw the whole house was in flames,” Charles resident Dan Walker said. Village. Sherry Fennimore, another resident of Charles Village, described the movement of the fire. and it was moving fast,” Fennimore said. The fire engulfed the home where it apparently started. The two men who live there were injured and taken to Shock Trauma, officials said Three other homes were damaged A woman who lived next door told 11 News she forced her window air conditioner to escape from the second floor. at the same time, a Pride flag was set on fire at a house across the street.The timing and proximity between the incidents are part of the investigation, police said. Baltimore City, Niles Ford, told WBAL-TV 11 News has learned s that there was video from a nearby camera at the time of the fire which is being analysed. Mayor Brandon Scott asked the public for help. “Share all the information, everything you hear. Share it with our people, so we can piece it all together. That’s what we need this community to do,” Scott said. A photo on Google Maps showed the house where the fire started with its bunting of pride that the neighbors said was still there. Thinking about the implications of that. It doesn’t escape us that all of these types of things have happened across the country, and i’m shocked that something like this is happening in this neighborhood and in Baltimore Charles Village in the Abell area was the first place that a lot of our LGBTQ nity communities, you know, we really felt at comfortable and we want this to continue,” City Councilwoman Odette Ramos said. Late Wednesday afternoon, city officials issued new statements condemning the possibility that it was a hate crime. . this morning in the comm the Waverly community was a horrible incident for our neighbors. The situation is an ongoing, joint investigation supported by the ATF and FBI. We will post additional information as it becomes available. I have been to the scene, spoken with residents and received updates from BCFD and BPD on the status of the investigation. At this point, we cannot confirm that this was a hate crime. However, my agencies will provide all appropriate resources to shed light on this tragic event. Either way, I continue to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community.” Additionally, police have received at least one report of another Pride flag being burned in this community in the past month.

An intense fire in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore damaged four townhouses and sent three people to hospital on Wednesday.

There is concern in the area over another fire just down the block where someone burned a pride flag.

The diverse and tight-knit community asked many questions – Were the fires related? Was it an act of hate?

The fire woke up neighbors on E. 31 Street at 4:30 a.m.

“I heard a bunch of glass breaking – it sounded like people were dropping things on the street – and we looked up and saw the whole house was on fire,” said Dan Walker, a resident of Charles Village.

Sherry Fennimore, another Charles Village resident, described the movement of the fire.

“When I got around the corner, the porch roofs were on fire. It was very intense and moving fast,” Fennimore said.

The fire engulfed the house where it apparently started. The two men living there were injured and taken to Shock Trauma, officials said.

Three other houses were damaged. A woman who lived next door told 11 News she forced her window air conditioner to escape from the second floor.

Around the same time, a pride flag was placed over a fire at a house across the street. The timing and proximity between the incidents are part of the investigation, police said.

“We are investigating this fire at this time. We have also called in the ATF to assist us. So at this time it is under investigation,” the city’s fire chief said. Baltimore, Niles Ford.

WBAL-TV 11 News has learned that video from a nearby camera at the time of the fire was being analyzed.

Mayor Brandon Scott asked for the public’s help.

“Share all the information, everything you hear. Share it with our people, so we can piece it all together. That’s what we need this community to do,” Scott said.

A photo on Google Maps showed the house where the fire started with its pride bunting which neighbors said was still present.

“Thinking about the implications of this. It’s not lost on us that all of these types of things have happened across the country, and I’m shocked that something like this is happening in this neighborhood and in Baltimore. Charles’ Village, the Abell area was the first place where a lot of our LGBTQ community, you know, felt really comfortable and we want that to continue,” Councilwoman Odette Ramos said.

Late Wednesday afternoon, city officials issued new statements condemning the possibility that it was a hate crime.

Scott said in a statement, “What happened this morning in the community of Waverly was a horrific incident for our neighbors. The situation is an ongoing, joint investigation supported by the ATF and FBI. We will be releasing details. additional information as it becomes available. I have been on the scene, spoken with residents, and received updates from BCFD and BPD on the status of the investigation. At this stage, we cannot confirm that this was a hate crime. However, my agencies will bring all appropriate resources to get to the bottom of this tragic event. Regardless, I continue to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community .

Additionally, police received at least one report of another pride flag being burned in this community last month.

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