Two-alarm blaze consumes bales of cardboard

September 21, 1992

A two-alarm fire destroyed or damaged several bales of compacted cardboard in an outside storage area at the Chesapeake Paperboard Co. in Locust Point last night, while firefighters prevented flames from spreading to the building.

The fire was discovered by an ADT security employee, Jack Sutherland, 57, who called the Fire Department at 8:19 p.m. to report that at least one bale of paperboard was burning on the east side of the building, in the 1000 block of E. Fort Ave.

Arriving firefighters found several bales ablaze and called for additional manpower and equipment at 8:24. Twelve minutes later, the commander at the scene requested a second alarm.

Mr. Sutherland said the fire never reached the company's building but was confined to several bales that were either destroyed or heavily damaged.

"I was making my first rounds at 8 p.m. when I saw fire coming from a bale of paperboard on the east side of the building near Fort Avenue," the security officer said.

The fire was declared under control at 9:41 p.m., and the cause was being sought by Baltimore City Police Department and Fire Department investigators.

No injuries were reported among the 80 firefighters dispatched to the scene, a Fire Department spokesman said.

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