Baltimore warehouse burns in 4-alarm fire

no injuries

September 05, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A stubborn four-alarm fire in a vacant Highlandtown warehouse kept firefighters busy for hours yesterday as billowing black smoke from Southeast Baltimore fanned out across the city.

There were no injuries, although one of the 100 or so firefighters who fought the blaze was treated for muscle spasms.

The fire began shortly before 10 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Oldham St. Michael Maybin, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department, said about 50 pieces of equipment were used to fight the fire for nearly 3 1/2 hours before it was controlled.

Maybin said pallets stored in the building -- along with rubber products -- caused thick, black smoke that attracted spectators from as far away as Boston Street.

It was unclear yesterday who owned the building or nearby trailers that were also damaged. Maybin said officials initially had problems reaching the fire's point of origin because portions of the building had collapsed.

Officials were still investigating the cause of the fire, which did not appear to be suspicious, he said.

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