2-alarm fire damages abandoned lacrosse ball factory

A large, two-alarm fire burned in an abandoned lacrosse ball factory in Kingsville on Monday afternoon, bringing between 80 and 100 firefighters to the scene, according to a Baltimore County fire spokesman.

The old factory belonged to the Belko Corp., a rubber manufacturer, but has been abandoned for years, said Lt. Paul Massarelli, the spokesman.

Fire personnel were first dispatched to the factory, near the intersection of Jericho Road and Woodberry Place in the Franklinville area, about 3:35 p.m., he said.

Because previous fires in the building have caused "some structural integrity loss," firefighters have been fighting the blaze from outside of the building, Massarelli said.

As of 6:30 p.m., the fire had been contained but was not yet under control, he said.

There were no injuries reported, he said.



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