4-alarm fire guts vacant warehouse; cause unknown

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 17:34:07-05

As the light of a new day hits the old Schenuit warehouse in Woodberry, it thaws the icicles from the fire fight the night before and reveals the dark char on the century old brick.

They are the remnants of a four alarm fire that was seen, felt and smelled by anyone even remotely close to this area.

"The first thing I could think of was that maybe it was something in my house. I went to the basement and the whole house was full of smoke," said Hampden resident Joe Gilbert.

Gilbert lives on the other side of the tracks in Hampden and wanted to get a look at the old warehouse.

He wasn't the only one, a fair amount of onlookers stopped by to sneak a peek inside the now burned out shell of a landmark that kept 120 firefighters busy for nearly eight hours.

"This thing is they did a great job. Ya gotta give these men credit. They were putting their life on the line no matter what, even thought there was nobody inside...their lives were on the line trying to fight this fire," Gilbert said.

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And Friday, to a much lesser extent they still were.

Engine 26 from Locust Point babysat the scene this afternoon, walking through the building and the collapsed second floor looking for hot spots.

Only one minor flare up to report but otherwise no incidents.

Thankfully, there are no injuries to report, just more visible scars on an old empty warehouse that sits along the southbound lanes of I-83.

Remington Properties LLC purchased the warehouse recently and had been looking to develop the property but when reached by phone today, we were told the company just recently was getting it ready for re-sale.

It is unclear how this fire will affect that plan.

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