BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore firefighters had their hands full early Wednesday after a four-alarm fire erupted at a building in the Charles North neighborhood.

About 4:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the building near the corner of West 22nd Street and Maryland Avenue, where they found flames shooting from the roof.

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While the building was mostly vacant, authorities told WJZ there were a couple people inside who managed to escape without injury.

It took over 100 firefighters and roughly 30 trucks to get the flames under control, though the fire did spread to neighboring buildings.

Assistant Fire Chief Roman Clark said the elements outside did not work in firefighters’ favor with wind fanning the flames and causing them to spread.

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“The wind has really not been our friend at this point because of the fact that it’s been escalating this particular fire,” Clark said. “It’s more or less the oxygen has been feeding this fire and causing it to escalate and also spread to the adjacent buildings.”

There’s no word yet on a cause, which remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported, but the blaze prompted closures of nearby roads.

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