Sykesville fire station catches fire after snow-covered roof collapses

Social hall, classrooms, offices damaged in three-alarm blaze

February 11, 2010|By Don Markus | | Baltimore Sun reporter

A Carroll County fire station caught fire Thursday morning after the snow-covered roof of its social hall collapsed and debris severed a natural gas line, a spokesman for the Sykesville Fire Department said.

According to Dave Kreimer, the three-alarm blaze at the Sykesville Freedom Fire District destroyed the social hall, and caused damage to adjoining classrooms and administrative offices. The engine bays were smoke-filled, but not damaged.

More than two dozen units from Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties responded to the fire that broke around shortly before 9 a.m. It took nearly two hours for the fire to be brought under control, but Kreimer said that no one was injured.

A portion of Route 32 between Springfield Avenue and Piney Ridge Parkway was closed while firefighters put out the fire.

It was the second fire station in the region to catch on fire after its roof collapsed under the weight of the snow that had collected during the back-to-back blizzards the East Coast in the past week.

On Wednesday, Fire Station 6 on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk was badly damaged in a fire that began after the roof collapsed. A brand-new $600,000 fire engine that had yet to be put into action was among several emergency vehicles that were damaged, possibly beyond repair.

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