Long Reach family of 3 is displaced by blaze Fire hits 2 homes, causes $81,000 loss EAST COLUMBIA

January 21, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A one-alarm fire swept through a garage and part of a home in Long Reach Tuesday night, causing $81,000 in damages and displacing a family of three, a Howard County fire and rescue spokesman said.

One resident, Damon Thompson, 28, was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, the spokesman for the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services Department. Mr. Thompson did not require hospitalization.

A neighbor reported the blaze, in the 5400 block of Halflight Garth in Phelps Luck, to authorities shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Howell said.

When 24 firefighters from the Long Reach, Banneker and Ellicott City fire stations arrived, they found an adjoining garage on fire and flames spreading to the kitchen, Mr. Howell said.

Mr. Calvin Thompson, the owner of the home, and his family were at home and unaware of the fire until a neighbor told them, Mr. Howell said.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading beyond the kitchen, he said. The blaze was declared under control by 6:33 p.m.

The fire caused $70,000 in damage to the two-story home and $10,000 damages to contents, Mr. Howell said. The fire caused $1,000 damage to siding of a house next door, he said.

The family planned to stay with relatives or at a local hotel, Mr. Howell said. The Red Cross was assisting them.

The State Fire Marshal's Office spokesman said the fire started in the garage. An investigation continues into the cause of the blaze.

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