Fire damaged a Bel Air apartment building Thursday, but a working sprinkler system and prompt firefighter response helped extinguish the flames before anyone was hurt.
A fire alarm alerted the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company to the blaze inside the apartment building on Selvin Drive around 9:38 a.m., according to a post by Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS spokesman Rich Gardiner on the official Facebook page.
Crews arrived to find water coming out of a back patio door. They went inside and found a fire between the third and fourth floors of the building, much of which had been contained by the sprinkler system, Gardiner wrote.
The fire caused about $50,000 in damage, and fire officials believe it started when an electrostatic discharge met with a gas leak in the building.
Units from Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company also helped at the scene.