Bel Air Apartment Fire Causes $50K Damage

The fire started when static electricity ignited a gas leak inside a Bel Air apartment building Thursday.

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.

Bored January 07, 2013 at 03:31 PM
They are adult condos, not apartments.
Jeff January 07, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The Bel Air VFD was back again there last night, must have been 7 or 8 trucks on site & they were there for a while. There was no smoke coming from the building but a lot of flashing lights from the trucks. I didn't see anything posted on the Harford Fire Blog or Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page on Facebook.


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