Person dies after jumping from burning Essex high-rise

UPDATE 2: Fire officials say the fire was set by a tenant who committed suicide.

UPDATE: Firefighters have extinguished the blaze.

Original story below…

ESSEX, MD—At least one person has died following a late night fire in Essex.

The fire was reported at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday in the 1000-block of Franklin Avenue (21221).

The blaze broke out on the eighth floor of a high-rise, which activated the building’s sprinkler system.

Initial reports indicate that one person jumped from the building and has died.

There has been no word on any other injuries.

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