Fire damages vacant building

September 07, 2007|By Richard Irwin

A single-alarm fire last night extensively damaged a vacant storefront building in West Baltimore, and, for a short time, a firefighter was unaccounted for and feared injured, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Reported about 7 p.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sanford Place in the Druid Heights neighborhood, the fire spread to all three floors but was confined to the building, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Cartwright said that during the fire, commanders on the scene enacted a personnel account report, requiring firefighters battling the blaze to report their location and condition by radio.

He said one firefighter was briefly unaccounted for until he was located at a spot other than where he was expected to be. "He was OK," Cartwright said.

However, Cartwright said, one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

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