Welding sparks White Marsh fire

March 19, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A two-alarm fire burned for nearly three hours yesterday at a Baltimore County junkyard before firefighters from two counties controlled it, officials said.

Dispatchers received a call at 2:06 p.m. of a fire, which investigators believe started at a mulch company in the 11200 block of Philadelphia Road in White Marsh. Sparks from a welding job there ignited the blaze, which quickly spread to the adjacent Vince's Auto Parts, according to Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The fire burned cars and tires over two acres of the 30-acre junkyard. About 100 firefighters from departments in Baltimore County, Harford County and Martin State Airport in Middle River brought the fire under control by about 5 p.m., Armacost said. No injuries were reported, and officials did not provide an estimate of damages.

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