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    Default Bethlehem Steel Ablaze

    05:45 EDT (Sparrows Point-AP) -- Baltimore County fire dispatchers say firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire in piles of wood at the
    Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point. There are no reports of
    injuries. The fire is at the plant's environmental recycling and
    waste facility.

    Bright flames from the fire have been visible for miles in the
    pre-dawn sky. A caller to W-P-O-C says he saw the flames from the
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    Post Update 06:25 EDT

    (Sparrows Point-AP) -- Flames and a huge plume of smoke are
    continuing to stream from the fire in Sparrows Point.
    Baltimore County fire department spokesman Vern Adamson says the
    fire is at a mulching facility either on or adjacent to the
    Bethlehem Steel plant. He's not certain who owns the facility.
    Flames were reported from the pile of wood about 4:30 a-m.
    Adamson says eleven engines and two fire trucks are at the
    scene, as well as a fire boat from Baltimore. Adamson says crews
    are hampered by low water pressure from the nearest hydrant.
    No one has been hurt. Adamson says crews are taking steps to
    prevent the fire from spreading to two nearby buildings.
    (wbal-tv, wjz-tv)



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    Post 06:55 EDT

    It sure looks impressive from the copter live feed


    SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) - A fire burned out of control early
    Thursday morning at a mulching facility next to a Bethlehem Steel
    plant at Sparrows Point.
    The two-alarm fire, which was reported at 4:30 a.m., caused a
    black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles near Baltimore.
    Vern Adamson, Baltimore County fire department spokesman, told
    news stations that the fire broke out at a mulching facility
    adjacent to the Bethlehem Steel plant. He said he does not know who
    owns the mulching facility.
    According to reports by WBAL-TV, no injuries have been reported,
    and the cause of the fire is unknown.
    Countless crews, 11 engines and two fire trucks are at the
    scene, as well as a fire boat from Baltimore. Crews are hampered by
    low water pressure from the nearest hydrant, Adamson said.


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    Hi NJ,

    This baby is now up to 7 alarms worth of equipment. The whole east side of the county is being filled in by mutual aid companies from Baltimore City and Harford and Anne Arundel Counties. Most career service companies are committed and all the volunteer companies not committed to the fire are maintaining crews for the duration. I'm sitting here at work listening to the scanner in frustration because I'm too busy at work to go to my volunteer station which is on indefinite standby until they get this thing under control. The fire is contained and it appears that several buildings that were initially threatened have been saved, but it's going to be awhile before it's out. The area burning is about 1/4 mile in diameter and the companies are relying on shallow draft boats and special drafting apparatus to supply water. Heavy equipment is needed to spread out the mulch and to breach earth berms along Bear Creek so that hoses can be stretched from the boats on the stream bank to the units operating on the pile. It's pretty much a master stream operation at this time. What a mess!
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    Default Still going

    They have been going at it for 18 hrs so far. Still pulling mutual aid draft pieces in from other counties. Good luck guys!!

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    The mulch is still burning and probably will throughout the weekend. Baltimore County also had a two alarm working dwelling with a civilian fatality this morning on the same side of the county. It's going to be a long weekend.
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