A massive fire broke out in an already burnt-out vacant tire factory in North Baltimore’s Woodberry neighborhood on Thursday night.
Around 120 firefighters and nearly 40 pieces of equipment responded to the scene at the three-story Schenuit Rubber tire factory building in the 3600 block of Clipper Mill Road. The blaze was called in around 9 p.m.
The Baltimore Fire Department used turntable ladders to fight the blaze from above, shooting water from hoses right over the railroad adjacent to the empty factory. WJZ reports they also broke open boarded-up windows around the building.
For a period, officials closed a section of I-83, the 41st Street bridge leading to TV Hill and the nearby light rail station at Meadow Mill. Some residents living close by were also evacuated, according to WJZ.
Union Craft Brewing, located two buildings away, tweeted that its brewery was safe during the blaze.
The brewery is safe. Fire is at the abandoned Schenuitt Rubber buliding just down the road. Thank you all for your concern.
— UNION Craft Brewing (@UnionBrewing) February 17, 2017
The Schenuitt Rubber factory is one of the only buildings in the Jones Falls Valley that hasn’t been renovated or repurposed in recent years. Once a cotton mill, the now-defunct rubber company took it over until it went bankrupt in the early 1960s. It’s since been vacant for decades, though its smokestack remains visible from the interstate nearby.
The area had been largely cleared Friday morning, though debris was visible inside and the smell of smoke lingered in the neighborhood.
This wasn’t the first recent fire to hit the building. The Sun reported in 2013 that a blaze had destroyed the roof three years before.
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