Three-alarm fire burns East Baltimore warehouse

Blocklong brick building loaded with mattresses

April 03, 2011|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

It took firefighters about 90 minutes on Sunday to bring under control a three-alarm fire that damaged a blocklong brick warehouse in East Baltimore that was filled with mattresses, according to city fire officials.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. inside the two-story building on Harford Avenue, a narrow street between East Monument and East Madison streets just south of Latrobe Homes. More than 80 firefighters responded.

Baltimore Fire Capt. Roman Clark said the fire was difficult to extinguish because of all the mattresses stored inside. The building appeared boarded on one end, but open on the other. Clark said firefighters had to break through a metal roll-down door to get inside.

Clark did not have a damage estimate for the building, called the Home Style Mattress Co. He said the owner was on the scene assessing the damage. There is a for-sale sign on the building. It was not clear how many mattresses were damaged, but firefighters were piling them outside as the smoke dissipated.

The fire was placed under control shortly before 3 p.m. Fire officials are investigating the cause.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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