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City Council Tackles Vacant Buildings

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(Baltimore, MD) -- Legislation is being considered in Baltimore City Council that is aimed at reducing the problem of vacant buildings around the city.

Council President Nick Mosby and Councilwoman Odette Ramos are sponsoring the bills that are meant to address the problem.

Under one measure, every day an owner of a vacant building fails to fix the problem of an unsafe structure, the property owner would face a one-thousand-dollar fine.

Another measure would require building owners to pay for emergency services if their property catches fire.

The legislation comes months after three firefighters were killed in a vacant house fire in the 200 block of Stricker Street in west Baltimore.