Baltimore Fire Hit The Block in Downtown Area (photos and video)

By on Dec 7, 2010 in Current Events, United States, World Comments
Image credit: Baltimore Sun photo by Jerry Jackson / December 6, 2010

BALTIMORE, Maryland — A Baltimore fire has hit buildings at downtown area known as The Block on Monday morning, December 6, 2010, according to international reports. The Block is a neighborhood considered as the main hub of strip clubs with gaudy lights, including Larry Flynt‘s Hustler Club in the City of Baltimore. Historic theaters are also located in the area.

The fire reportedly broke out in a three-story building about 4 p.m. at 404 E. Baltimore St., the location of the Gayety Show World and has reached the fifth alarm. Due to the strong wind, at least five buildings were reported to have been affected by the fire in the 400 block of E. Baltimore Street. The popular Crazy John‘s sub shop, two vacant buildings, and fire department offices were included in the fire hit area.

No injuries were reported on the incident. The scene was described by witnesses to have thick, black smoke rising over the city and caused traffic jam over the area. Fire trucks quickly rushed to the scene at Interstate 83.

Fire fighters were able to put off the fire at past six in the morning. No estimate damage is available as of posting. Investigation on the cause of the fire is now underway. The area has been hit with several fires in the past. The Baltimore fire in 1904 has turned The Block into ashes according to The Baltimore Sun. Fires also broke out in the area in 1935 and the late 1960s.

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered the inspection of the nearby buildings for any additional damages.

Here are some pictures of the Baltimore Fire from Baltimore Sun photo by Jerry Jackson / December 6, 2010:

Here is a video from The Baltimore Sun:

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