Baltimore Firefighters Battle Christmas Eve Fire


Shortly after 6 p.m, on Christmas Eve, Baltimore City Fire Communications sounded box alarm 20-3 for a reported dwelling fire in the 1800 block of Thomas Avenue.

Heavy fire was showing from a two-story, end of group dwelling, heavy fire showing

A water supply and initiated an aggressive interior attack with a pre-connected 1.75" hand line. Truck 16's crew laddered the structure with ground ladders and the aerial.

They forced entry for the engine crew, then began their primary search, ventilating along the way.

Battalion Chief 3 sounded a working fire. The remainder of the box completed their tasks.

Engine 8's line was picked up, a second water supply was established for the rear, back up lines pulled, utilities controlled and secondary searches completed.

The fire originated in the second floor, front room; and had extended into the hallway. A quick knock kept the fire from extending any further.

No injuries were reported.

The single occupant was not home during the fire.

The estimated damage to the property and contents is $45,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Investigation Bureau of the Baltimore City Fire Department.