Eight injured in Harford County fire

3-alarm blaze causes $225,000 in damage to 3 Edgewood townhomes

Maryland News

February 07, 2005|By Jessica Bylander | Jessica Bylander,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Eight people were taken to Harford Memorial Hospital after an overnight fire in Edgewood destroyed one townhome and damaged two others, authorities said this morning.

The three-alarm blaze was reported about 1 a.m. in a townhome in the 1000 block of Lake Front Drive, according to Harford County fire officials.

Five residents and three firefighters were injured. The five residents, four of whom were related, all lived in the destroyed townhome, authorities said. Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said none of the injuries were considered life threatening, and he expected all of the victims to be released from the hospital soon. Their identities were not immediately disclosed.

According to the fire marshal's office, the damage to the three townhomes has been estimated at $225,000.

The townhomes were not required to have residential fire sprinklers, but Taylor said "those eight injuries would not have happened had the building been so equipped."

The fire marshal's office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Originally published February 7, 2005, 9:59 AM EST

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