Baltimore neighbors rally after house fires, burned pride flags

There is strong neighborhood reaction Thursday following the fires set on E. 31st Street in north Baltimore. Around the same time, a pride flag was set ablaze across the street. The ATF is involved in the investigation as well as Baltimore City fire and police. In an act of solidarity, neighbors wasted no time replacing the pride flags that burned in the fires. The consensus here is this fire and several other smaller fires nearby are all connected.A new pride flag is hoisted and others planted, taking the place of the ones burned after fire ripped through four houses on E. 31st Street. Visitors and neighbors are not surprised by the quick pride flag replacement.”I am very aware of what happened in Germany in the 30s. If you passively stand back and let these things happen, who knows where it is going to lead. am grateful to see people putting these things back up and saying they are not going to put up with this if they can help it,” Baltimore resident Michael Opecko said.Baltimore resident Linda Olson said the neighborhood where the fire happened is very diverse and supportive of the LGBTQA community.”The neighborhood is a very diverse neighborhood, very supportive of gay, lesbian, LBGQ in general, so people feel comfortable living here feel that way, so I am not surprised that there would be defiance afterwards because the whole community is very supportive,” Olson said. Firefighters responded around 4:30 am Wednesday to the Abell neighborhood to find several rowhouses on fire. One of the houses displayed a pride banner. Someone also set a pride flag located across the street on fire.A 30-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man are out of the hospital. A 74-year-old man is in serious condition at Shock Trauma.”We are investigating as a fire at this time. We brought in ATF as well to help us with resources,” Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford said.A church across the street from the fire provided ATF with all of its surveillance footage. The cameras are well positioned to capture activity on the street. In addition to the rowhouses and a pride flag, someone torched two trash cans in the neighborhood. A week earlier, just a few blocks away, a vegan restaurant store front was set on fire.”Who knows, I mean they may all be connected, but they may not be. We know that at least those incidents that happened on that day were all deliberately set,” City Councilman Odette Ramos, D-District 14. The fire was so intense, part of the side of a car parked near that fire hydrant melted.

There is strong neighborhood reaction Thursday following the fires set on E. 31st Street in north Baltimore. Around the same time, a pride flag was set ablaze across the street.

The ATF is involved in the investigation as well as Baltimore City fire and police.

In an act of solidarity, neighbors wasted no time replacing the pride flags that burned in the fires. The consensus here is this fire and several other smaller fires nearby are all connected.

A new pride flag is hoisted and others planted, taking the place of the ones burned after fire ripped through four houses on E. 31st Street.

Visitors and neighbors are not surprised by the quick pride flag replacement.

“I am very aware of what happened in Germany in the 30s. If you passively stand back and let these things happen, who knows where it is going to lead. So, I am grateful to see people putting these things back up and saying they are not going to put up with this if they can help it,” Baltimore resident Michael Opecko said.

Baltimore resident Linda Olson said the neighborhood where the fire happened is very diverse and supportive of the LGBTQA community.

“The neighborhood is a very diverse neighborhood, very supportive of gay, lesbian, LBGQ in general, so people feel comfortable living here feel that way, so I am not surprised that there would be defiance afterwards because the whole community is very supportive,” Olson said.

Firefighters responded around 4:30 am Wednesday to the Abell neighborhood to find several rowhouses on fire. One of the houses displayed a pride banner. Someone also set a pride flag located across the street on fire.

A 30-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man are out of the hospital. A 74-year-old man is in serious condition at Shock Trauma.

“We are investigating as a fire at this time. We brought in ATF as well to help us with resources,” Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford said.

A church across the street from the fire provided ATF with all of its surveillance footage. The cameras are well positioned to capture activity on the street.

In addition to the rowhouses and a pride flag, someone torched two trash cans in the neighborhood. A week earlier, just a few blocks away, a vegan restaurant store front was set on fire.

“Who knows, I mean they may all be connected, but they may not be. We know that at least those incidents that happened on that day were all deliberately set,” City Councilman Odette Ramos, D-District 14.

The fire was so intense, part of the side of a car parked near that fire hydrant melted.

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