A large fire broke out in a vacant warehouse near Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Southeast Baltimore Tuesday afternoon, sending a large plume of smoke over the city.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze at a building at Bayview Boulevard and Eastern Avenue where flames were seen coming from the roof, the department said on Twitter.


Fire department spokeswoman Blair Adams said the fire was reported just after noon. The building, she said, was on the side of the former Pemco warehouse, where glass and porcelain were manufactured for decades.

She said firefighters remained on scene late Tuesday afternoon.

“We still haven’t marked it under control,” as firefighters remained to monitor hot spots, she said.

No injuries were reported, and about 50 firefighters were at the scene to finish putting the blaze out.

Adams said the department has responded to the building in the past for small fires.

MCB Real Estate announced plans earlier this year to redevelop the roughly 20-acre Pemco site, and plans to build 150,000 square feet of retail, two hotels and nearly 200 residential units on the site. Developers have signed a deal to locate an LA Fitness gym on the eastern side of the property. Demolition and environment clean-up was scheduled to begin at the end of the year with the first phase expected to open by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

A spokesman for MCB Real Estate said the company is still assessing what impact this might have on development plans. The building on fire is slated for demolition, he said.