Fire broke out in a vacant, overgrown 2 ½ story dwelling in northwest Baltimore. At 1317 on May 13, 2013 units were dispatched to 3310 Elgin Ave. When they arrived heavy fire was showing from the upper floors of the overgrown, weed covered frame house. Firefighters made entry and tried to knock the heavy fire down. It was well involved above them so they were pulled out to battle it from the exterior. A second alarm was pulled at 1339 as the fire gained hold of the attic space which couldn’t be reached with the ladder pipes. It burned into the roof area and eventually one of the two dormers collapsed into the second floor leaving a large gaping hole in the roof.
The rear was somewhat inaccessible. The yard and house sat about 6 feet above the narrow alleyway and firefighters could only use handlines to get at the visible fire.
The fire was brought under control in 2 hours and firefighters remained on the scene for a while longer to drench the hot spots buried under the collapsed top floor.
There were no injuries reported and investigators were on the scene searching for a cause.