Officials release identity of child victim in East Baltimore fire, building collapse

BALTIMORE, Md. - Officials today released the name of the child who died when an East Baltimore row home caught fire and collapsed Wednesday.

Troy Douglas, age 8, was killed when he was walking by the house in the 400 block of North Lakewood Avenue, fire officials confirmed. He was a student at William Paca Elementary-Middle School.

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A second child and two adults who were inside the home were also injured.

The fire and collapse happened around 3 p.m. -- right after school dismissed.

Shanika Brown, Troy's mother, called her son fun and outgoing and "could make anyone smile." She added that her "knees buckled" when her 13-year-old son called her to tell her Troy had not made it home from school Wednesday.

Brown said the family is gathering Thursday and is holding up the best they can.

"Troy was a fun kid," she said. "He loved playing basketball, playing on the playground. He loved being with his brothers. He was just Troy. He lit up your world." 

William Paca Elementary-Middle School is located just a block to the South. Children were walking up Lakewood Avenue and some of them were close to the end-of-group row home when much of the back side of the building collapsed, witnesses said.

Eight grief counselors were on site at the school Thursday with five additional from the Red Cross set to arrive at 3 p.m. Several parents told ABC2 News that their presence was extremely important for their children as the neighborhood is still in shock

"My heart breaks for the family," said one parent picking up her children from school.

Officials have not determined what caused the fire. Witnesses told ABC2 News they heard a boom before the collapse.

Stay with ABC2 News for additional updates.


ABC2's Amy Aubert and Christian Schaffeer contributed to this story.






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