Two-Alarm Fire Guts Three Vacants, Damages Occupied Home in Pigtown

BCFD was called to a two-alarm fire in the 1100 block of Ward Street in Pigtown this morning, at approximately 0600, where they found three vacant homes on fire.  The fourth home was occupied, and was severely damaged.

Fire in the 1100 block of Ward Street, Pigtown Baltimore.

Fire in the 1100 block of Ward Street, Pigtown Baltimore.

The fourth home was rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, and is at present uninhabitable.  However, there is a silver lining — a few feet away, facing Ostend Street, is another Habitat home, which is empty and ready for the homeowner to move into!  I spoke to a Habitat employee who was in a hurry to install blinds into the home so the woman would be able to have some privacy.

It’s not often I get to write about happy endings to sad stories — glad this one turned out well, if a bit scary, for the homeowner.

The fire is believed to have started in one of the vacant homes.

I would like to mention, one of the fire trucks that arrived on the scene is one of the trucks that could potentially be removed from service on the West side, if BCFD Chief Clack has his way.  Just think what could have happened if that truck was not available to this community — there may not have been a happy ending to this story, and the responsibility would have fallen on Chief Clack.



  1. Leben unglaublich (@Rhiannon_Rising)

    I love hearing happy endings on this blog! I’m so grateful that the neighbor has a place to move in to; it must seem like a miracle to her.

    I just can’t imagine how cutting essential services is a good idea. When I first read the title of this post, i thought it as going to continue with, “..and X people died because it took trucks 45 minutes to arrive.”

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