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Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Baltimore City Fire Dispatch alerted units for a reported rowhouse fire with explosion at the intersection of N. Lakewood Avenue and Jefferson Street (Box 51-18) in East Baltimore. BCFD Medic 24 was the first arriving unit on the scene and reported heavy fire in an end of the row dwelling with an apparent explosion and possibly civilians trapped inside. Engine 33 and Battalion Chief 1 arrived moments later and the Chief requested a Working Fire Dispatch. Units were limited to defensive operations due to the volume of fire and explosion. Multiple handlines were deployed and as firefighters extinguished the fire from outside, they searched exposure buildings. A child who was reportedly walking home from school and passed the structure as it exploded was injured and treated at his nearby school before being transported to an area hospital. Two adults were also transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Firefighters tragically located a deceased child under the rubble.

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