2 house fires cause $200,000 in damage

No injuries reported

family is displaced

January 04, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Howard County firefighters battled blazes at two single-family homes Wednesday, both of which caused substantial damage but injured no one, the state fire marshal's office reported yesterday.

A family was displaced by an evening fire in the 7400 block of Cedar Grove in Elkridge.

The blaze drew firefighters from the Elkridge, Tamar, Savage and Rivers Park stations and took about 30 minutes to bring under control.

The two-story home sustained about $125,000 in damage, the fire marshal's office said. Investigators believe the blaze began in a second-floor bedroom.

No one was home at the time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A smoke alarm at the residence was not functional because it did not have batteries, investigators said.

About noon Wednesday, a fire in Woodbine drew 22 firefighters and caused about $75,000 worth of damage to a one-story home in the 3300 block of Florence Road. It took the responding Lisbon and Damascus firefighters about five minutes to control the blaze.

Improperly disposed smoking materials in a closet caused the fire, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Ted Meminger said.

At least one person was at the residence during the fire, he said.

Investigators said a smoke detector was present, but they could not determine if it was functional.

Meminger said the state fire marshal's office that serves Howard, Frederick and Carroll counties has investigated seven fires since New Year's Day.

"This is definitely our busiest time of year," he said. "It starts when the heating devices come out."

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