Fire Destroys Joppa Home; Pets Likely Killed

Firefighters battled the blaze for almost five hours Monday.

A Joppa home was destroyed in a fire Monday night, possibly killing "several pets" trapped inside, according to a release from the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Around 6:30 p.m., firefighters were called to the area of Bluefield Circle and Donnawood Drive for the blaze.

Units from Joppa-Magnolia, Fallston and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Companies as well as Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County all responded to the fire, according to the release.

Abingdon, Level and Long Green Volunteer Fire Companies also assisted at the scene.

The building collapsed, but no people were injured.

Emergency units cleared the scene around 11:15 p.m., nearly five hours after the original call.

Deputy state fire marshals also responded to the incident. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Voice O. Reason December 14, 2011 at 02:00 PM
I know there are hydrants in most of Fallston but they still use tankers to supply water. How in the world did that fire ever get that bad? If you're a Fallston resident, is this what will happen if you have a fire?
Ashley December 14, 2011 at 02:10 PM
A coworker of mine lives in a few houses away from where this happened and he said that the fire spread incredibly fast through the house. And I'm not sure where you're seeing fire hydrants in Fallston since most of the town is on wells.
Eric bel air December 14, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Remember this fire of the million $ home on Watervale earlier this year, it was a big house burned to the ground too: http://belair.patch.com/articles/three-alarm-fire-hits-fallston I don't think anywhere in Fallston has hydrants except for the business district along Bel Air Rd.
Eric bel air December 14, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Also I have friends who live in the area who told me they heard a series of explosions. If that's the case it would be a gas leak etc which would explain the rapid spread. Of course we'll have to wait for the Fire Marshal report. I'm sure you've seen videos of test fires to show just how fast fires can spread.
Ashley December 14, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Eric - The propane tank on the RV exploded... Patch is behind with this article. http://www.wbaltv.com/news/29982289/detail.html
Eric bel air December 14, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Ashley- not saying that this is or is not what happened but where does it say that in the linked WBAL article? It says "Fire marshals said the blaze began in the garage, but they're still investigating a cause."
Ashley December 14, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Sorry, didn't mean to be confusing. Not saying that the fire started from the propane explosion, I was saying that the explosion was from the propane tank. I know it doesn't say that in the article, but my coworker lives a few houses down from this one and was home while all this was going on.
Karl Schuub December 14, 2011 at 05:36 PM
There are no hydrants if there isn't a public water source. Nearly everyone in Fallston and almost any other rural location gets their water from a well source. That means many of these enormous homes you see outside of Belair proper do not have access to a hydrant - thier insurance rates will reflect that.
Wrath December 14, 2011 at 09:40 PM
"Voice O. Reason": first, this was in Joppa, not Fallston. Second, from what I've heard there was racing fuel (alcohol), race cars, and acetylene tanks exploding. Unless you're an idiot (which it sounds like you are), those are extremely flammable. Get the facts before you run your mouth.
Voice O. Reason December 14, 2011 at 09:54 PM
LOL. Wrath. I live across the street and I know where this is and I love your keyboard courage. Get off the computer now baby. I think your mom's calling you for dinner and bath time.
Voice O. Reason December 14, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Oops. Meant to say "no hydrants in most of Fallston" but I've been told bye Harco Firefighters that the tankers usually provide more than enough water unless they get to it late or it is accelerated somehow. Interested to see the fire marshal's report. There must have been something in that house.
RW Willy December 15, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Then you know the house was fully engulfed prior to arrival of fire fighters? 100 hydrants right in front would not have made a difference. The article is about a family losing everything to fire. Thankfully no one was hurt. I hope this doesn't turn in to a paid vs. volie arguement. The outcome would have been the same. If you want to help? Donate money so the fire companys can buy more tankers.
Hollee Sifford December 15, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Glad no one was hurt BUT>>> It saddens me to hear about the pets inside:(..looks to b a very violent fire whether or not you are paid or a "volie"If u respond to afire at this magnitude you are in DANGER...PERIOD!!!Hope none of the brave fire fighters were injured
John Citzen December 15, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Why would it be a paid vs volly arguement. Fire is made of 4 things (Fuel, Oxygen, Heat and uninhibited chain reaction). You have vehicles stored in a garage, wooden framed house, propane, natural gas electrical, plenty of oxygen and heat. Nothing to stop the chemicals from reaching ignition point. The fire could have been going for hours before it broke to the outside and set off the alarm for the fire dept and them arriving and ocnducting a scene safe and rescue etc... Pros or Volly this place was a loss and horrible that pets perished in the fire.
Michelle Watters December 17, 2011 at 07:18 AM
according to rob roblin channel 11 news the owners had a racing car and other cars in the garage. he also had racing fuel in the garage. I imagine that is enough to fuel a fire once ignited. I feel very sorry for the dogs who perished in the fire and for the owners as well.


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