Around 0900 hours on November 10, 2022 units were dispatched to Fire Box 58-20 for a reported dwelling fire in the 2200 block of Cedley Street in the Westport section of south Baltimore. First arriving units were Engine 55 and Truck 21 along with Battalion Chief 6. Battalion Chief 6 reported heavy smoke showing from several houses through the block. Assuming there was a common cockloft above all of the houses he quickly requested a working fire assignment and then the second alarm. The original fire building at 2253 Cedley St. was a designated “Code X-Ray” and companies were not supposed to enter the vacant building. Access to the rear was limited to a narrow alley which backed up to the Light Rail Line. Service to the Light Rail was not affected. Engine 2 made their way to the rear. Heavy fire was showing in the rear from the basement to the roof and the rear wall was already collapsed and the dwelling was compromised. Fire was already extending to each side on the roof. Companies proceeded to exterior operations and began searches on each of the side exposures, evacuating families and pulling ceilings to check for fire extension. The companies on the roof determined that there were fire walls between the dwellings and fire extension was limited to each side of the original building.
About 30 minutes into the firefight water pressure was very low and erratic and companies were having trouble keeping water supplied to the ladder pipes and handlines. Command requested a third alarm to supplement the water supply with hydrants away from the immediate area. The fire was placed under control in about 90 minutes. There were no injuries.
Seven houses were affected by smoke and water damage. Four of them were occupied and five adults with 3 children were displaced. There were also flooded basements on the lower end of the block from all of the water runoff poured onto the fire.