Firefighters in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon battled a fire in the 2400 block of Frederick Road between Oella Avenue and Hillside Road, getting it under control at about 6:30 p.m.
Officials from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department said it was on scene of a working dwelling fire at a “large Victorian balloon frame” house with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors.
The house is abandoned, according to Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman.
The house was built in 1808, according to online property records.
Joe McRedmond, one of the owners of the Rooster & Hen general goods store just down the street from the fire, said he saw “billowing, black smoke.”
“Seriously, daily, there’s a group of kids that go there,” he said.
Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Brandon Oland said all students from Westchester Elementary School on Old Frederick Road were able to make it home, after road closures from the fire temporarily restricted one bus.