Maryland Firefighters Battle Five-Alarm Warehouse Blaze

Late Thursday night, May 11, Cambridge and surrounding area firefighters battled a five-alarm fire in a vacant warehouse. Nearly 150 firefighters worked for four hours to contain the fire that destroyed the 28,000-square-foot wood-framed structure on Washington Street.

The warehouse also contained three vacant business suites. Officials say 1.2 million gallons of water were used to fight the fire. "We had a lot of problems when we first got here with the wind," Cambridge Chief Jeff Hurley said. "Blowing large embers were flying over resident sections onto the roofs and we quickly got that under control."

Fire investigators say the blaze originated at the west end of the structure. The cause of the fire, estimated to be $1 million in damages, is still under investigation. No smoke or fire alarms were present. No injuries were reported.