Over 100 city firefighters battle multiple blazes in Sandtown

Most houses vacant; one fire reignites, but crews get it under control

September 08, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore City firefighters battled three fires in West Baltimore, requiring more than 100 firefighters — almost a third of the shift's manpower, a department spokesman said Wednesday.

Firefighters were called about 5:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of N. Calhoun Street where three row houses caught fire; two were vacant, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman.

On the opposite side of the street, Cartwright said five vacant houses had also caught fire. A third fire broke out one block away in the 1300 block of N. Carey Street, where one occupied home and two vacant houses caught fire. The city fire dispatchers said the blazes on Calhoun and Carey each went to four alarms.

Cartwright said one firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but he did not immediately know if the firefighter had been taken to the hospital.

After the fires were extinguished, crews were called back to the 1300 block of Calhoun St. at 10:36 p.m. when one blaze reignited. That fire went to one alarm and was extinguished shortly after 11 p.m., a fire department dispatcher said.

Fire crews from Howard County also responded to the scene to help, Cartwright said. More than 50 pieces of fire suppression and EMS equipment responded to the fire in Sandtown-Winchester, he said.

Cartwright could not say how many people lived in occupied homes. He said no other injuries had been reported and the cause of the fires remains under investigation.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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