Baltimore Riots Cost at Least $9 Million in Damages

Fire fighter attempts to put out a building that was set on fire during riots in Baltimore, USA on April 27, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anadolu Agency—Getty Images)
Fire fighter attempts to put out a building that was set on fire during riots in Baltimore, USA on April 27, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anadolu Agency—Getty Images)

A federal survey estimates that at least $9 million in damages resulted from the Baltimore riots sparked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

The Small Business Administration’s survey calculated damages of $8,927,000 to over 30 businesses and damage of at least $60,000 to one home during the violence from April 25 to May 3, Reuters reports.

Smaller damages were reported by 254 businesses and another home, leaving Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to push for disaster centers to be set up to assist business owners.

The Baltimore mayor’s office added that 144 vehicles and 15 buildings were incinerated during the violence, with the Baltimore Fire Department noting 61 structural fires from incidents like arson and looting on April 27 and 28.

SOURCE: Reuters, Sabrina Toppa

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