Vacant house collapses in Baltimore, displacing nearby residents

Eleven people were displaced from their homes Tuesday night after a vacant rowhouse in Southwest Baltimore partially collapsed, compromising the houses on either side of it.

Connor Scott, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management, said Wilkens Avenue will be closed in both directions between S. Payson Street and S. Monroe Street until about midnight Tuesday while Baltimore Gas and Electric crews shut off gas to the building.

Scott said the facade of 1920 Wilkens Avenue collapsed at about 7:20 p.m., and that no one was injured. The two rowhouses on each side of 1920 Wilkens, which were divided into apartments, had to be evacuated due to concerns over their structural integrity, he said.

The Red Cross and the city Office of Neighborhood Services are helping the 11 residents who are displaced. Records show the vacant house was valued at $3,000.

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