Antique vehicles spared in fire at Finksburg garage, workshop

March 14, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Nine antique and classic cars escaped serious damage Sunday afternoon when a blaze erupted in a garage and workshop in the 2100 block of Emory Road near Finksburg, fire officials said.

One firefighter suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene, officials said.

Donald Watts, owner of the garage and the cars, was sanding furniture on the lower level of the 80-foot-by-25-foot building when he discovered the fire. Mr. Watts and several neighbors were able to push eight of the old vehicles out of the wooden structure.

One of the vehicles, a 1931 Ford Model-A Town delivery truck, remained in the building but suffered only blistering from the heat and a cracked window.

The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but Maryland Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Al Ward said yesterday that the fire apparently started when a hot ember from a wood stove in the garage landed on cedar shingles. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

Fire equipment from Reese, Gamber, Lineboro and Boring and Arcadia of Baltimore County responded to the fire. Some units remained at the scene for up to five hours. About 50 firefighters responded to the fire, officials said.

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