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Two-alarm fire in Penn-Fallsway put out in minutes

A two-alarm building fire in Baltimore's Penn-Fallsway neighborhood billowed smoke high into the sky but was controlled in a matter of minutes by city firefighters Monday night, officials said.

Firefighters were called at 7:22 p.m. to the building at the corner of North Gay and High streets. The fire was downgraded from two alarms in six minutes, and was under control in less than a half hour, fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said.

No one was injured.

The official cause is under investigation, but Steve Tsamouras, who owns the building, said he had been torching a new rubber roof earlier in the day. When he finished, he said, he went to his home a few blocks away and then got a call about the fire.

"We finished the roof today," he said. "We'll start again tomorrow. It'll take me another week, but we'll get it done."

Tsamouras didn't know how much the fire damage would cost him.

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