Fire ousts Bel Air families

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 10, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON

A two-alarm fire Wednesday night at a Bel Air apartment complex displaced nearly two dozen families and caused an estimated $500,000 damage, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out above the third-floor ceiling of the apartment building in the 700 block of Country Village Drive when an electric service line overheated and wood framing caught fire. The flames spread through the unoccupied attic space before breaking through the roof, said Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor.

The two rooms below where the fire broke out were unoccupied, but 22 families in the building and an adjoining building that shares electrical service were displaced and being assisted by the Red Cross, Taylor said.

Taylor said it was not clear when residents could return.

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