Baltimore crews battle 2.5-alarm fire at vacant Fayette Street building

Baltimore City firefighters were called to a 2.5-alarm blaze at a building that once housed Volunteers of America but is now vacant in the Jonestown neighborhood Sunday, officials said.

Firefighters were called just before 3 p.m. to the two-story block and stone building in the 1100 block of E. Fayette Street, where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions.

Smoke poured from the second-floor windows and over the street as firefighters sprayed the building from above and below with water hoses. A group of them cut open a garage door of the building for access from below.

"At this point, it's too dangerous to get any firefighters in there ... we don't want to put any life hazard on any of the firefighters," fire department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said as crews worked the scene.

Part of the roof later collapsed as teams were fighting the blaze from the outside, he said. It's not clear whether anyone was inside when the fire started, and the cause is being investigated.

No one was injured. E. Fayette Street was closed between N. Aisquith and High streets, and N. Aisquith and East streets were closed between Baltimore and Fayette streets, the Office of Emergency Management said.

Another fire was reported on Greenmount Ave., closing that street between E. 21st and E. 24th streets, the OEM reported. Few details on the second fire were available.

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