BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A four-alarm fire broke out in west Baltimore Friday morning at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center.
According to fire officials, the blaze started around 12:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Edmondson Avenue.
As crews tried to put out the flames, the fire fueled by a gas line tore through several buildings. Ten businesses were damaged in the fire.
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Fire officials said they had trouble getting enough water into the building. The fire was deemed under control by 10 a.m. and the power in the area was completely shut off. The gas line was shut off around 6:30 a.m.
After the fire, some of the roof on the building collapsed.
The fire caused Edmondson Avenue to be closed from Athol Avenue to Swann Avenue.
“I grew up in this area,” John Rouse, a resident of southwest Baltimore, said. “To see this building burn down was like seeing history burned to the ground.”
“My grandfather, grandmother, mother and father, they all grew up around here,” a resident told WJZ. “My grandpa was here when the movie theater was here, and now I don’t know if it’ll get rebuilt. It’ll probably be like this forever now.”
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Several schools were closed as a result of the road closures, including Edmondson-Westside High School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School, Wildwood Elementary/Middle School and Baltimore International Academy West.
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No injuries have been reported at this time.