At about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Baltimore City firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at a building once used by Sojourner-Douglass College, which closed in 2015 on account of its financial woes.
By about 7:30 a.m., the fire at Orleans Street and North Central Avenue was under control, although it had extended to the building’s second floor. Two people were rescued from the second floor, but neither were injured, nor were any firefighters, said Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Chief Roman Clark.
The two people were possibly squatting in the building at the time of the fire, Clark said.
Officials searched the building, Clark said, and found no indication of anyone else is inside. Residents were advised to expect some traffic delays near the fire along Orleans and North Central, according to a tweet from the department.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
There was a fire at the vacant building in September 2016, another two-alarm blaze that didn’t cause any injuries. That day, a passerby reported hearing a loud explosion before seeing the blaze. Firefighters discovered a fire on the building’s third floor, and put it out within 35 minutes.