Baltimore Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Blaze

Nearly 90 firefighters reported to the scene.


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(WJZ) BALTIMORE Firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at a West Baltimore church.

Adam May reports the fire began around 10:30 a.m. at the Gateway Church of Christ, which is located at North Fulton Avenue and Baker Street.

"We were up to three-alarms of fire. We had nearly 90 firefighters, paramedics, command, and support staff on the scene. Exactly what started the fire, we are unable to assess that right now," said Kevin Cartwright, spokesperson from Baltimore City Fire.

Crews are fighting the fire from the outside because they are worried about a roof collapse.

"The flames were so intense, they were such a bright yellow, and it didn't just happen all of a sudden," said one resident.

At noon, the fire was still not under control and crews were trying to keep it from spreading.

Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene as firefighters fought the blaze from the roofs of neighboring buildings.

There were no reports of injuries and firefighters did not know what started the blaze, although some witnesses told authorities they saw someone fleeing the building with a grill.

This is the second church fire in Baltimore City this month. Two weeks ago, lightning struck the steeple of the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church, causing extensive damage.

This church was a movie theater years ago.

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Republished with permission from WJZ-TV