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Nick Mosby Introduces Bill to Solve Baltimore’s Empty Problem – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – City Council President Nick Mosby has introduced three new bills to address problems posed by thousands of vacant properties in Baltimore.

The three bills cover emergency response fees, registration fees and fines and penalties for complaints.

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The first measure was adapted to address emergency response fees. It requires vacant property owners to pay for emergency response services provided by the Baltimore City Fire Department, according to a shortlist provided by Mosby.

blankThe bill would allow the fire department to recover costs related to fire investigations, hazardous material incidents, water incidents, and other incidents involving firefighters.

The second measure strengthens the city’s vacant home registration process by encouraging vacant property owners to address outstanding regulatory violations and work toward deregistering their properties such as: one vacancy, according to the shortlist.

The third measure encourages vacant property owners to settle their property claims by establishing a fee structure for 311 proven service requests, according to the shortlist.

“We understand and know that vacant properties pose a serious threat to the public health and safety of residents,” Mosby said in a statement. “Tackling vacant properties in this city we love will require a multi-tiered approach, starting with holding the vacancy owners accountable.”

City officials have focused their attention on Baltimore’s Huge Collection of Empty Homes—There are more than 14,000 — after a fire that killed three firefighters.

Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler and Kenny Lacayo died after part of an empty house in the 200 block of South Stricker Street collapsed on them in January.

blankA fourth firefighter, John McMaster, was injured when part of the empty house collapsed on the firefighters. McMaster was treated for his injuries and recovered from Traumatic Brain Injury.

The house that claimed their lives has been vacant since 2010.

The fire that killed three firefighters was just one in a long line of Fire in vacant buildings. But fire is not the only problem.

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The firefighter was in a dangerous situation while fighting fires burning in those vacant buildings.

They also encountered strange situations while performing their duties.

On March 14, for example, firefighters had to work with police to subdue a man they dragged out of an empty house with smoke coming from it.

They were taken to the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Avenue at 12:08 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

When they got there, they found a crumpled crate and a burning barrel with flames that damaged 1105 N. Carrollton Avenue, the spokesman said.

blankFirefighters removed the occupant from the home and – not long after – he had a verbal argument with nearby residents that developed into a scuffle.

Then, on March 18, police and firefighters worked together to remove human remains from an empty house on the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

This person’s body has been transported to the medical examination room for examination and to determine the cause of death.

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Days later, on March 20, they were asked to battle a raging fire that had damaged three vacant homes.

Baltimore Fire Department IAFF Local 734 said on its social media account that firefighters battled the massive blaze in the 500 block of Presstman Street.

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Union officials later confirmed that three similar homes also burned in February.

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