BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A fast-moving fire in South Baltimore is now under control according to Baltimore Fire after it took hold of several rowhomes in Curtis Bay.
A dramatic video taken by a viewer, shows the fire spreading rapidly through the block.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 showed ten rowhomes, badly damaged by the flames.
“I walked outside, people were directing to the back of the houses, and I saw the one two doors up from mine, it was on fire, ” says Leonard Burrs.
He was able to safely get out of his home before calling his wife who was at work at the time.
“I was on my way here and I could see all the smoke. And when I got here, I was a wreck. My kids weren’t here thank God, but thank God they weren’t here they were with my mom and dad,” says Leonard’s wife Jennifer Burrs.
Baltimore City Fire says out of the ten homes damaged, eight were occupied.
Baltimore City Fire also says one person was transported for injuries, and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Firefighters weren’t just battling the fire, but the heat as well, as they wore heavy protective gear. Many of the firefighters had to take breaks.
It hasn’t been revealed if the early investigations shows where the fire may have started or even a cause.
“We have over 80 firefighters that responded to Hazel Street, and then over 40 pieces of apparatus. There was also additional resources from Anne Arundel County fire department,” says Blair Skinner, with Baltimore City Fire.
For the Burrs, this fire now more emotional as it belonged to Leonard’s mother who died weeks ago.
“It’s her house. She watched it burn 15 years ago, and now I’m watching it burn again, for the second time,” he says.
Some of the firefighters say the fire started on the backside of the rowhomes. A lot of people are trying to recover. Neighbors are coming by to provide some comfort and support.
Those affected say they are thankful to be alive.