On May 10, 2013 at 2340 hours Engine 50 and Truck 20 responded to a private alarm fire signal in a building in the 2300 block of Chesapeake Ave. in St. Helena, right at the Baltimore City-County line near Dundalk.
When the arrived they found a 100’ X 500’ long one and two-story warehouse with heavy fire showing through the roof.
They requested the full box assignment followed by a second alarm six minutes later. Companies began setting up master streams on arrival as fire was showing from every window on the full length of the unoccupied building.
The building belonged to Techalloy Co. Inc. and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The company was in the process of closing down and relocating.
HazMat units were also dispatched as there was a possibility of unknown hazardous materials in the building. A third and fourth alarm were struck at 2359 and 0116 bringing additional companies to help supplement the water supply.
The fire was brought under control by 0421. By sunrise as companies were beginning to change shifts fire again got into the front section of the building and began to burn again, this time blowing heavy smoke across into the Dundalk section of Baltimore County.
Companies broke out the glass block windows to gain entry into this previously unburned portion to get at the new flames. They worked another couple of hours to bring this under control. There were 105 firefighters on the scene with 28 pieces of apparatus. Units transferred from Anne Arundel and Baltimore County to fill in for the houses of units on the scene.
One firefighter was transported off of the fireground with minor injuries.
Investigators were on the scene with the owner of the company to determine the cause.