A 3-alarm fire inside a building in the tin mill area at th Bethlehem Steel plant at Sparrows Point in southeast Baltimore County late last night and early today sent five plant employees and two firefighters to hospitals for treatment of injuries and smoke inhalation.
The conditions of the men were not immediately available, but all were expected to survive.
Three company workers were treated for severe smoke inhalation in the hyperbaric chamber at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Two other employees, along with two county firefighters, were treated for smoke inhalation and injuries at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.
The extent of damage to the building was not known and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The blaze, reported at 11:02 p.m., broke out among some rubber products and oil inside the halogen mill off Warehouse Road, said a fire department spokeswoman.
The second alarm was sounded at 11:13 p.m. and a third at 12:19 a.m.
The fire was declared under control at 2:41 a.m.
Besides firefighting apparatus from the steel plant, equipment from the North Point, Edgemere, Dundalk, Eastpoint, Wise Avenue and Essex stations responded, along with units from Rosedale, Golden Ring, Middle River and an air unit from Arbutus.
A county Hazardous Materials unit and a foam unit from Baltimore-Washington International Airport also were dispatched.
Seven county ambulances and at least one Sparrows Point fire department ambulance responded to the scene.