Arson blaze damages southwest Baltimore warehouse

A three-alarm arson fire extensively damaged a southwes Baltimore warehouse in which members of the military store their possessions, fire officials reported.

Two firefighters received minor injuries from smoke inhalation and exhaustion in battling the fire yesterday, said Capt. Patrick P. Flynn, a Fire Department spokesman. They were treated at Mercy Medical Center and released.


The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to the Great American Transfer Co., in the 3100 block of Washington Blvd., and its contents, police said.

Military personnel stored their belongings at the warehouse while they were being transferred from one duty station to another, Flynn said.


He said investigators determined the fire was an arson. Flynn said a tractor-trailer outside the building was set afire and the flames spread to the warehouse.

The first alarm was reported at 4:21 a.m., Flynn said, and other alarms were sounded at 4:32 a.m. and 4:38 a.m. The fire was declared under control at 5:35 a.m.

About 6:30 p.m. yesterday in a separate incident, a garage in the 300 block of N. Poppleton St. caught on fire, Flynn said. It was reported under control at 7:06 p.m.

That fire remains under investigation, Flynn said.