Baltimore Fights 4-Alarm Blaze Four alarms were sounded when fire threatened to sweep a three-story apartment house in Baltimore the morning of September 7. Eleven occupants of the building were forced to flee. Fire started in drug store supplies in the basement and was discovered by a passerby at 1 a.m. On the arrival of the first companies, they found the basement to be a mass of flames, with fire spreading to adjoining buildings and the first floor. Three more alarms were pulled. It was an hour and a half later before the fire was declared out. Fifteen companies and much special equipment rolled on the four alarms. These included No. 2 Flood Light, No. 2 Fuel Wagon and two ambulances.