Fire crews responed to a fire on the sixth floor of an apartment building in Northwest Baltimore on Wednesday. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun video)
Two people were injured in a Wednesday morning fire in a six-story apartment building for seniors in Northwest Baltimore, officials said.
The fire was reported around 9 a.m. in the 3600 block of Clarks Lane in the Glen neighborhood, Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams confirmed.
When crews arrived, smoke could be seen coming from multiple floors of the building. Residents were evacuated from their apartments and sheltered in place in the main lobby and in two large tents on the property, Adams said.
Two people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, she said.
Wednesday’s snowy conditions posed several challenges for firefighters on the scene, Adams said. Fire crews risk injuries from slipping as they navigate the property and have to swap out hoods that get wet while they work to extinguish flames, Adams said.
The Baltimore City Council's public safety committee questioned fire officials about concerns raised by the union over the agency's resources and readiness to respond to blazes. Council members also asked about staffing policies and how the agency investigates misconduct allegations.
“We were very fortunate today,” she said. “We had only two people sustain non-life threatening injuries and it could have been worse. We had firefighters on every single floor making sure residents were evacuated and safe. Our firefighters worked really hard today.”
Adams reminded owners and managers of senior apartments that fire officials will visit facilities on request to outline safety practices residents can use to stay safe if there’s a fire in their building.