Monday, April 8, 2013
Embers from the home's chimney started the fire Sunday night.
A Bel Air family safely evacuated their burning home Sunday after a teenage neighbor let them know the house was aflame. Deputy fire marshals credit the teen girl and prepared homeowner with preventing disaster. Around 7:59 p.m., the 17-year-old neighbor noticed smoke coming from the house across the street from hers in the 500 block of Poplarwood Court, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The girl immediately let the homeowner know what she saw and he put out the fire in his fireplace with a fire extinguisher then tried to put out the fire on the roof, the release states. When he checked the attic, the owner found heavy fire that was spreading quickly. Fire crews arrived a short time later and contained …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Fire officials believe two people were living in the tent.
A camping tent was damaged Saturday when an open flame heater set fire to flammable material inside the shelter. Fire officials believe two men were living in the tent at the time of the fire. Around 3:54 p.m. Saturday, fire crews were called to a wooded area near the intersection of Atwood Road and Marketplace Drive, not far from Target after the occupants of a tent in the area discovered the shelter was aflame, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Five firefighters from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company controlled the fire in the fabric tent within 15 minutes, the release states. The fire caused about $30 damage to the tent and about $30 damage to what was inside it. No injuries were reported. …
Friday, January 4, 2013
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…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Bel Air firefighters contained the blaze on Tuesday afternoon.
A car fire started in the 100 block of South Reed Street in Bel Air on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Firefighters with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company arrived at the scene to find the car engulfed in flames, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Patch reader Mark Preston shared photos of the damage to the vehicle on the Bel Air Patch Facebook page. Have pictures of fires, accidents or even uplifting sights from around town? You can upload your photos to the Bel Air Pics & Clips section and share what you see on Patch.
Friday, August 10, 2012
A flurry of fire-related calls came into Harford County emergency dispatch as storms passed through the area Thursday.
Storms rolled through Harford County Thursday, bringing with them heavy rain, thunder, lightning and fire reports, officials said. One lightning-related fire inside a detached garage in Bel Air caused about $70,000 in damage Thursday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m., a fire broke out in a detached garage in the 300 block of South Fountain Green Road in Bel Air, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Investigators later determined the fire was caused by a lightning strike, the release states. Fifteen firefighters from Bel Air and Abingdon Volunteer Fire Companies controlled the blaze within 15 minutes, but not before fire and smoke caused about $35,000 damage to the building and $35,000 damage to property inside it…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A van caught fire Friday night in the area of Route 24 and I-95.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
There were no injuries sustained in the fire.
A man and his three dogs safely escaped a fire that left his Bel Air home in shambles. Around 9:05 p.m. flames erupted in the house in the 200 block of Broadview Avenue in Bel Air, off MD Route 1 across from the Bel Air Auto Auction, according to Rich Gardiner spokesman for Harford Volunteer Fire and EMS. "I heard a pop noise and the car port was on fire," resident Robert Mehl said Thursday night as he stood on a neighbor's porch. Mehl said he believes the fire started outside. He added he sacrificed his cars to the fire so he could get his dogs to safety. Gardiner said the original 911 call indicated people may be trapped inside the home, but when firefighters arrived, Mehl and his dogs were already safely out of the burning home. …