The Baltimore City Fire Department is investigating the discovery of a noose at a city fire station.

Fire officials say the noose was found with an offensive note about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the station at Kirk Avenue and 25th Street. The discovery was made by two paramedics, one white and one black.

Because the incident could potentially be a hate crime, the city police were contacted and are also investigating.

In a written statement, Mayor Sheila Dixon said she was outraged by what she called a "deplorable act of hatred and intimidation."

The Baltimore city chapter of the NAACP scheduled a news conference for later in the day.