Baltimore warehouse burns damage put at $1.3 million

Cause of blaze at diaper service is undetermined

January 09, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A four-alarm fire that burned out of control for about three hours late Sunday night caused $1.3 million in damage to a Southwest Baltimore warehouse, fire officials said yesterday.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the blaze that broke out about 10:30 p.m. at the Nu-Dy-Per Baby Service in the 3000 block of Cowan Ave. Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said flames were shooting through the roof when the first firefighters arrived. He said they quickly sounded three more alarms, bringing 50 firefighters.

"A good portion of the building was destroyed by the fire, but portions were saved, such as the front offices," Chief Torres said.

Chief Torres said firefighters could not enter the building because of a crack in a cinder-block wall, which eventually collapsed. No injuries were reported.

The blizzard that blanketed Baltimore Sunday and a strong wind hampered firefighting efforts, officials said. Water froze in hoses, and refueling trucks had trouble reaching engines.

"The weather certainly complicated it a great deal," Chief Torres said.

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