A woman in her 50s was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m., Brennan said. The fire was under control at about 3:30 a.m.
Residents in as many as eight of the Marble Hall Gardens apartments were displaced and are being assisted by neighborhood services. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dennis Johnson, who lives under the second-floor apartment where the fire started, said another neighbor ran through the building knocking on doors to alert residents to the fire. As he ran outside in his pajamas, he heard the smoke alarms go off.
"I was more concerned for my neighbor upstairs," he said, referring to the woman that died. Another neighbor "knocked on her door and no one answered, so that had me pretty worried."
Johnson said he didn't know his neighbor well, but that she was friendly and had a small dog. He said water had badly damaged his apartment and he would likely have to find another place to live.
"I'm still trying to pull myself together and see if I can get my life back on track," said Johnson, 52.
Unless her death is found to be from other causes, the woman will be the city's 20th fire death this year. Fatal fires had been on a downward trend for the last few years, with a record low of 12 people killed in 2012.
On Nov. 25, another woman, Charlotte Crowder, 33, was killed in a three-alarm fire in the city's Frankford neighborhood.
Written by Baltimore Sun