Officials were investigating whether workers on the roof caused the fire, firefighters said. One man arrived, who said he was the landlord, said that workers were repairing the roof. He declined to say more.
The property, owned by Habib Javed, has no permits on file for roof repairs.
1809 showed up on the city’s 2014 Tax Sale list (you’ll have to do some scrolling). The home has a lien on it in the amount of $312,569.18. I’m not entirely sure why, as the value of the home couldn’t have ever exceeded more than $20,000. The same company owns 1811 Frederick Avenue also, and that had a lien in the amount of $166,433.27.
Also note that 1809 has a red X placard, indicating that it is not safe for firefighters and other emergency personnel to enter the structure.
Property Owner: ETS Maryland, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #300, Baltimore, MD 21224 (charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing)
ETS Maryland is one of the tax-sale foreclosure bidders that was controlled by former attorneys Anthony DeLaurentis, John Reiff, and John Reid before they were caught bid-rigging at municipal auctions and disbarred as a result. We’ve detailed their property purchases and noncompliance with the law several times. An order foreclosing the right of redemption on this property was issued in 2011 (Circuit Court case 24C10001905). In the four years since, nothing has been done to it, and no permits are on file. The city fire department has declared the house too unsafe for firefighters to enter, and have placed a red X placard on the front.
Residents in the home reported the smell of natural gas, and an inspector was dispatched — an inspector who allegedly found no fault with the gas connection or the furnace, despite the photo above, which clearly shows a flex tube that isn’t properly connected. Was this the cause of the explosion?
At the time of the explosion, the property was owned by Marywood Real Estate Investors, who then sold the home for $100 in April, two months after the explosion. The home is currently owned by MBE Properties, LLC, with an address in Kingsville, MD. There are no current permits on file for this property — the last permit was a demo permit to assist fire investigators so they could determine the cause of the explosion.
Interesting to note this property owner is an attorney in Washington, DC and is also a former prosecutor for the city. A shame he would leave this property to fall to ruin, and further this neighborhood’s decline.
Daryl Marciszewski, a Baltimore City fireman, is currently undergoing treatment for Chordoma — a rare cancerous tumor that is generally difficult to treat.
His friends, co-workers, and strangers are banding together to collect money to assist the family during this stressful time — please donate here, and please be generous. These guys risk it all to keep City residents safe, and the least we can do is give back when they need it. Yes, you can give anonymously.