Streets still closed after city fires
Some of Baltimore's most-traveled streets remain closed today after two five-alarm fires within 24 hours disrupted traffic flow and bus service in the center of the city.
City Transportation Department spokeswoman Kathy Chopper said Charles Street remains closed from Centre to Madison Streets after an overnight fire in a building near Mount Vernon Square. Meanwhile, Madison Street is closed at St. Paul Street and Cathedral Street is closed at Chase Street.
Baltimore Street remains closed between Holliday and Gay streets and Holliday has been shut down between Baltimore and Fayette streets as a result of yesterday's fire on The Block. Chopper said Baltimore Street could remain closed for the next couple days, but she had no word from the Fire Department on how soon Charles might be opened.
The Charm City Circulator Purple Route stop at the Washington Monument is closed and the line has been detoured. Meanwhile , Chopper said, service on the Circulator's Orange Route has been delayed by the Baltimore Street fire.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Transit Administration is continuing to divert bus routes around the sites of the two fires. The MTA said Routes 3, 11, 61, 64 have been diverted from Charles to Calvert Street by the Mount Vernon fire.
Routes Routes 5, 8, 20, 23, 40, 48, 91 and the 160 Express Bus have been diverted onto Pratt Street by the fire in the 400 block of East Baltimore Street.