Roof collapse causes fire at Carroll station

February 12, 2010|By Don Markus |

A Carroll County fire station caught fire Thursday morning after the snow-covered roof of its social hall collapsed and debris severed a 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 out shortly before 9 a.m. It took nearly two hours for the fire to be brought under control. Kreimer said no one was injured.

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

It was the second fire station in the region to catch fire in two days. On Wednesday, Fire Station 6 on Sollers Point Road in Dundalk was badly damaged in a fire that subsequently caused the roof to collapse. A brand-new $600,000 fire engine that had yet to be put into action was among several emergency vehicles that were damaged. The cause of that fire has not been determined.

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