700 acres burn at APG after test round sparks fire

Winds blow smoke to Havre de Grace

April 01, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A brush fire at Aberdeen Proving Ground sent clouds of smoke wafting over much of the northeast part of Harford County yesterday, officials said.

About 700 acres burned at Aberdeen Proving Ground after a test round sparked a fire at the military installation. Gary Holloway, a spokesman at APG, said the fire began at 9: 41 a.m. and burned most of the day.

"Two helicopters were brought in [to fight the fire], and seven pieces of ground equipment were used," Holloway said.

Holloway said APG firefighters worked with Aberdeen firefighters to bring the blaze under control about 6 p.m. Containers of water were flown in and dumped on the area to help douse the fire, he said. Emergency officials said they received complaints about thick smoke as far north as Havre de Grace, as 17-mph winds blew across the county.

Firefighters from Abingdon and Joppa were called yesterday to a house fire in Abingdon that caused damage estimated at $75,000 but no injuries. Deputy Chief Allen Ward of the State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire began about 1: 17 p.m. at a home in the 4000 block of Timothy Drive.

The home, which is owned by William Sicca, sustained heavy damage. Sicca was not home when the one-alarm fire began. Marsha King, a friend of Sicca's who was in the house, escaped unharmed.

Ward said investigators believe that a candle ignited a curtain.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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