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June 9, 2008

Grand Central fire extinguished

The fire's out at Grand Central.

I got there at about 10:10 a.m., and by then, firefighters had put out the roof fire atop the bar's north building at 1003 N. Charles St.

When I arrived, firefighters were perched on top the smoldering roof, tearing up chunks of burnt wood with axes and tossing them down to the sidewalk below.

Grand Central's General Manager Steve Ledlow, who spotted the fire on his way to work this morning, said the flames were about three- to four-feet high.

Workers had just finished repairing the roof after it was damaged in a storm last week, he said.

The main part of the bar, at 1001 North Charles St., did not appear to be damaged, and Ledlow said he might open it tonight. 

"It's just a headache," he said. 

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:58 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Isn't that the same part of the bar that caught on first about two years ago (or was that last year) in June?

Is there a string of Mt. Vernon black cats that just continually walk by that place?

Wow, again. I thought the fire trucks were there for a gas leak or something. Seemed like BGE was doing some serious work on the street and I thought I smelled gas at one point.

No no, fellas, this is the one from last year. It didn't happen again.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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