Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The fire was ruled accidental by investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
Two men were injured and about 41 animals lost their lives in a late night fire in Forest Hill Monday. Around 11:16 p.m. a fire broke out in the kitchen of a one-story home in the 2400 block of Rocks Road in Forest Hill, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The homeowner's cats let him know there was something wrong, and he was able to safely leave the home, according to state fire officials. The owner sustained minor smoke inhalation, but refused an ambulance ride to the hospital. About 40 cats and a dog died in the fire, fire officials say. Thirty firefighters from Bel Air and Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Companies controlled the blaze within ten minutes, according to the release. The fire caused about $…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Deputy State Fire Marshals believe the same man is behind two instances of arson.
Fire officials believe the Edgewood Denny's was twice the target of arson with the second fire causing about $500,000 damage. On Aug. 3 flames engulfed the business located at 1803 Edgewood Road. The blaze caused about $500,000 damage to the business and sent both a firefighter and employee to the hospital, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Investigators believe the Aug. 3 fire was an act of arson and that the business was targeted both times by the same man. Around 8:45 a.m. July 4 a fire started in a trash can in the men's room of the business, according to the fire marshal's office. Business management believed the fire was accidental, and since it was contained to the trash can and damage was minimal, no fire …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Investigators believe the fire started in the home's kitchen.
A malfunctioning microwave ignited a fire inside a Jarrettsville home over the weekend, causing about $100,000 in damage. Around 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, the owner of a one-story rancher in the 3400 block of N. Furnace Road discovered a fire inside his home, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. An estimated 50 firefighters from Jarrettsville, Bel Air and Fallston Volunteer Fire Companies arrived at the scene to battle the blaze, according to the release. Crews controlled the fire within about 20 minutes. Investigators believe the fire started accidentally in the kitchen when a microwave malfunctioned. The fire caused about $80,000 damage to the building and about $20,000 damage to its contents, …
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…
Monday, August 6, 2012
The blaze caused significant damage to the 24-hour restaurant.
Investigators believe that the Friday fire at Denny's Restaurant in Edgewood that caused about $500,000 in damage was an act of arson. Deputy state fire marshals determined the blaze was set intentionally in the men's bathroom of the restaurant before 10:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The unidentified suspect is described as a 190-pound man between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing an orange shirt, dark shorts, dark sunglasses, dark baseball cap and either loafers or sandals. See attached photos. Around 10:20 a.m., a patron discovered the fire in the bathroom. At the time of the fire 50 customers and 20 employees were inside the business owned by Patrick …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The fire burned a building on Mill Green Road in Street.
A building in Street was burned to the ground Monday, and investigators said they believe the blaze was set intentionally. Around 9:17 a.m., Darlington Volunteer Fire Company was called to the 3500 block of Mill Green Road in response to a fire, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. When firefighters arrived, the 20-foot by 16-foot building had already collapsed, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. The fire caused about $1,000 damage to the building and $100 damage to what was inside, according to the release. According to the news release from the fire marshal's office, someone intentionally set fire to the inside of the building. Anyone with …
Monday, April 9, 2012
A fire broke out in the 2500 block of Hess Road Monday morning.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an early morning fire at a home in Fallston. Twenty firefighters from Fallston, Jarrettsville and Bel Air volunteer fire companies responded to the 2500 block of Hess Road for a fire at a one-story rancher. The fire, which originated in mulch at the front of the home, caused an estimated $15,000 damage, according to a statement from the fire marshal. There were no injuries in the fire, which was discovered by the residents at the home. The cause of the fire was not determined as of noon Monday. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 410-836-4844.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The fire remained under investigation Thursday morning.
Firefighters contained a barn fire in Joppa in less than an hour Wednesday night, but not before the blazed cause significant damage. Around 8:11 p.m., the property owner discovered her 12-by-50-foot barn in the 1600 block Philadelphia Road was on fire, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office. Forty firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia and Abingdon Volunteer Fire Companies in Harford County, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County and Aberdeen Proving Ground's professional fire department responded to the scene, according to fire officials. It took fire personnel about 45 minutes to control the blaze. The fire caused about $20,000 damage to the building and destroyed $10,000 in contents. Investigators …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A public hearing was held for a proposed bill that would not require one- and two-family homes to have sprinkler systems.
Bob Schott stood outside of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company house and watched a flame climb up a wastebasket full of newspaper and spread to a hanging white curtain. One minute 11 seconds later a smoke alarm sounded inside the glass-paneled trailer. Seconds later the overhead sprinklers turned on and doused the flames. Schott, a field marshal with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, set the fire as part of a demonstration for the Harford County Council prior to a hearing on a bill that would end a requirement that newly built homes have the systems installed. As the year-old law stands now, all newly built single-family homes and duplexes built in the county after Jan. 1, 2012, would be required to have the fire suppression systems…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A 13-year-old female sustained burns after two minors allegedly threw a spray paint can into a campfire.
Two male minors have been charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly throwing a spray paint can into a campfire that exploded and burned a teenager Tuesday night, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. The 13-year-old female sustained first-degree burns to both hands and first- and second-degree burns to her face, the fire marshal's office said. The burn victim’s mother drove her daughter to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the teenager was later transferred to Johns Hopkins for further treatment. The two minors allegedly started the fire in a wooded area behind 200 Crocker Drive in Bel Air, according to the fire marshal. The two then allegedly poured an accelerant on the fire before throwing the spray paint can …