BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fire crews have put out a blaze at a vacant, two-story warehouse in southeast Baltimore that sent smoke billowing into the sky over Baltimore Tuesday afternoon.
The warehouse is located at Bayview Boulevard and Eastern Avenue, directly across the street from Johns Hopkins Bayview. Employees and patients were keeping a close watch on the fire.
The fire started burning just after noon, shutting down six blocks.
A sprawling warehouse engulfed in flames. Chopper 13 was above the scene as the plumes of black smoke filled the air.
Fire officials say the 20-acre building has been vacant for years, but advertisements shows it’s being leased for retail, office, and residential space.
There was no inside when flames broke out.
Chopper 13 Captain Jeff Long was above the blaze for a time, and reported that some of the hydrants nearby were not working, which was slowing crews down.
55 firefighters zeroed in on the roof and top floor of the two-story building, where hotspots and flames sparked concern for employees and patients at Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, which is just across the street.
The burning building is right next to his vacant lot where many Hopkins Bayview employees park their cars.
Officials say the situation is contained, and there’s no risk of any fire or smoke damage to the hospital. The building used to be a factory, but WJZ’s Amy Yensi was told there’s no risk of any chemicals hazards.
WJZ reached out to the Segall Group, which is the company leasing the building, to see what’s going to happen with the project. They have not gotten back to us as of Tuesday night.