On March 3, 2013 fire claimed the life of one adult male in a 2-alarm fire in east Baltimore. Around 5:30 AM a fire was reported in a 3-story row house in the 1700 block of North Broadway. When units arrived they found heavy fire and smoke pouring from the second and third floors. Battalion Chief 2 made it a working fire and struck out a second alarm about 5 minutes later. Neighbors on the scene reported seeing a person at the third floor front window yelling for help. Two children were also reported missing. When firefighters entered and made their way up to the third floor they were hampered by a burning and partially collapsed stairway. They backed down and continued to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. When firefighters safely entered the third floor shortly after 6:00 they found the victim in the front room at the window where he had succumbed to the fire and smoke. The children were later located outside in the care of police on the scene,
The building was divided into three apartment units. Two of the other families escaped from the fire before firefighters arrived.
Two firefighters were reported injured, one with minor burns to his face and ear.
Fire Investigators were on the scene to determine the cause and see if working smoke detectors were on the premises.
The Red Cross was also on the scene to help the 4 families displaced by the fire.