The Associated Press reports:
BALTIMORE — A five-alarm fire broke out Monday afternoon in a building in Baltimore's adult-entertainment district, spreading quickly, sending thick smoke throughout downtown and snarling traffic.
Fire spokesman Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright said the blaze started in one building then spread to four or five others. Two buildings were evacuated, he said, including one that houses fire department offices. The area is known as The Block.
Cartwright said no injuries were reported.