Early two-alarm fire damages pair of businesses in Towson

A chiropractic clinic and Gamberdella Bridal were damaged in blaze

December 21, 2010|By Yeganeh June Torbati and Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

A two-alarm fire broke out at a Towson chiropractic office a few blocks from the Baltimore County courthouse early Tuesday, fire officials said, though no one was in the building at the time.

Authorities were alerted to the fire at 1:56 a.m. in the first block of W. Pennsylvania Ave., and the first crews arrived on the scene at 2:02 a.m. and found a heavy fire on the second floor of the building, which houses the Adolph and Kalkstein chiropractic clinic. The fire spread to an adjoining building, at 30 W. Pennsylvania Ave., which houses the Gamberdella Bridal store.

Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control at 2:57 a.m., about an hour after the initial call. No one was injured, and the cause was under investigation.

Bridal shop owner Mary Gamberdella said she raced to the shop to get the dresses out. This is not a busy time of year for weddings, so there wasn't much to take out, she said. Now, she's working to get the store cleaned and fumigated by the new year.

"I've been in business 32 years and never had anything like this before. It's certainly not insurmountable and we'll be ready to go again the first of the year," Gamberdella said. "And hopefully we're going to sell to all the girls who got engaged over the holidays."

Gamberdella was thankful the damage wasn't worse.

"Thank God someone was looking down on us and saved my building and dresses from a worse fate," she said.

Any patients of the Adolph and Kalkstein clinic with questions can check the office's website, http://www.towsonchiro.com, said Leilani Kim, an administrator for the clinic.

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