BALTIMORE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Fire officials say an 8-year-old likely walking home from school was killed by debris from an east Baltimore rowhouse fire and collapse.
Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan says a second child walking by was struck by debris and two people inside were also hurt Wednesday, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Brennan says school had just let out at William Paca Elementary School about two blocks away.
Firefighters arriving on the scene in the 400 block of North Lakewood Avenue — about a mile from Johns Hopkins Hospital — found people trying to clear some of the debris, but Brennan says the fire was too hot. He says Troy Douglas’ body was found in the rubble.
Witnesses say they heard a blast during the fire, but it’s unclear whether gas played a role in the explosion. Baltimore Gas and Electric crews were assisting police in the investigation and using a loud aerator to check for additional leaks Thursday morning.
Smoke from the blaze could be seen over much of the city, and the building partially collapsed.