fire

Has an outfit ever given you the confidence to nail a job interview? Has a good book ever transported you to another world? This month, two local non-profits were hit with fires in the span of two days: Sharp Dressed Man and The Book Thing. Sharp Dressed Man provides professional job-interview attire for men who have been incarcerated or homeless. An electrical fire is forcing the nonprofit to relocate. The Book Thing is a popular free book exchange.

Church of the Messiah burning at Fayette and Gay Streets
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  One-hundred ten years ago this Friday, Baltimore could be seen as a glow in the night sky for miles around the city. It wasn’t the city lights that generated the glow but a wind-stoked fire that ravaged much of the city’s downtown. The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 is considered the third worst fire to hit an American city and it shaped downtown in ways still visible today.