A Baltimore firefighter pauses before putting on his protective gear to head into a building set ablaze in the early morning hours of April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

After hours of rioting around the city, the clean-up begins.

Groups of Baltimoreans began cleaning up around North Avenue Tuesday following protests and riots that began Monday afternoon and continued into early Tuesday morning.

Heavily affected by Monday night's unrest, the street and its surrounding neighborhoods have long suffered from the kind of damage that comes from years of economic segregation and disinvestment. Baltimore City Paper's Brandon Weigel notes that some abandoned properties along the clean-up route, untouched by Monday night's events, are being attended to, as well.

Shortly after the Monday burial of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died from spinal injuries sustained while in the custody of Baltimore Police earlier this month, a crowd of mostly high-school-aged locals clashed with Baltimore Police. As angry crowds grew and spread around and through Gray's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, police struggled to contain the scene. Rioters destroyed property between the area of Mondawmin Mall and the corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues and continued to do so through different sections of the city as night fell.


The Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at the city's Inner Harbor, cancelled a game Monday evening shortly before it was scheduled to start. They have also postponed Tuesday's scheduled game. That area was mostly unaffected by Monday night's unrest, but reports of looting and buildings set aflame came from neighborhoods north and east of the stadium. Two hundred people were arrested and 15 police officers have been reported injured.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday night and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that a 10 p.m. curfew will take effect starting Tuesday night and continue through the week. Baltimore Public Schools are closed Tuesday but city libraries and recreation centers remain open.

A man stands on a burning car while another man pours fuel onto the fire as firefighters tend to buildings set ablaze during protests and clashes in Baltimore Monday night. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)
A woman watches firefighters from her West Baltimore residence as they tackle a blaze. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Baltimore police officers stand guard outside a CVS pharmacy after it was looted and set on fire in West Baltimore. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Residents clean streets as law enforcement officers stand guard in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Maryland state troopers stand guard as Baltimore residents clean up their neighborhood on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, after an evening of unrest. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Volunteers clean out a damaged business on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Protests that started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near Camden Yards. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Volunteers clean up a business damaged during an evening of riots in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Maryland state troopers stand guard as Baltimore residents clean up their neighborhood. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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