Fire burns Eldersburg garage, house No one injured in 2-alarm blaze

December 11, 1992|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Amid high winds, cold and rain, firefighters from four station battled a two-alarm blaze at a house in Eldersburg last night.

"The thing that made it a bad night was the wind blowing," said Deputy Chief Ed Ruch of the Sykesville fire department.

He said it took about 60 firefighters from the Sykesville station and from Gamber, Winfield and Liberty Road in Baltimore County to extinguish the blaze in the 1900 block of Blacksmith Drive.

But by the time it was out, the fire had destroyed a garage attached to the house and the two cars that were parked in it.

The fire, which started in the garage, spread directly up to the master bedroom, which collapsed into the garage. An adjacent dining room on the first floor also was damaged.

The owners of the two-story, frame-and-brick house were identified as Paul and Susan Minehart.

No one was injured in the blaze.

At its height, the fire was so hot that the vinyl siding on the house next door was popping and peeling.

Also yesterday afternoon and evening, minor chimney fires were reported at residences in Winfield, Tyrone and Reese.

And firefighters responded to numerous reports of power lines downed by ice and wind.

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