Fire breaks out at Baltimore Fire Department HQ, building briefly evacuated

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A paradoxical scare unfolded Thursday morning when the Baltimore Fire Department’s downtown headquarters was evacuated due to a fire.

The department sent out a tweet around 11 a.m., roughly a half-hour after department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said flames began showing on the sixth floor. The cause was an electrical fire, she said.

The building was quickly evacuated, and given units’ immediate proximity to the blaze, “it was just a matter of minutes” before it was put out, Skinner said.

The exact cause of the electrical fire remains under investigation.

The 37-year-old building, located at 401 E. Fayette Street, also houses the city’s departments of finance and information technology.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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