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Darlington Home Destroyed in Nighttime Blaze

Firefighters from Bel Air, Darlington, Delta-Cardiff, Jarrettsville, Level, Water Witch and Whiteford responded.

1800 block of Robinson Mill Road, Darlington. (Credit: K. Watkins, courtesy of Harford Fire Blog)
1800 block of Robinson Mill Road, Darlington. (Credit: K. Watkins, courtesy of Harford Fire Blog)
The cause of a fire that destroyed a Darlington home Thursday evening remains under investigation, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said Friday.

The house fire in the 1800 block of Robinson Mill Road was reported at 11:41 p.m. Thursday by a neighbor, according to the fire marshal's report.

No one was at the house at the time of the fire, according to Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire.

The home was considered a total loss, according to the report, which stated that there was $300,000 in structural damage. On top of that, approximately $100,000 worth of items inside were lost, the report said.

Fifty firefighters—from Darlington, Level, Jarrettsville, Bel Air, Whiteford, Water Witch and Delta-Cardiff—responded to the blaze, which took 30 minutes to control, the report stated.

There was not a working smoke alarm inside the home, according to the fire marshal.

The cause and origin of the blaze were under investigation Friday, the fire marshal said.

Anyone with information may contact the Northeast Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-836-4844.

Hazzard Native December 13, 2013 at 09:34 AM
How would a working smoke alarm have helped in this unoccupied home? I'm not saying that they shouldn't have one, if the house were occupied at the time, it could have helped the occupants, but how is it relevant in this circumstance?
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM
The fire marshal included the info, so we provided it.
Kelly December 14, 2013 at 08:09 AM
If it had 100000 in contents I suspect the house was normally occupied, it wasn't occupied at the time of the fire. It's crazy to me that you have a 300000 home and not one 10 dollar smoke detector? What if they had been home?

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