Fire causes heavy damage to home in West Columbia, but resident escapes

September 07, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A pre-dawn house fire Tuesday in West Columbia's Hickory Ridge village heavily damaged a home, but the sleeping resident escaped unharmed, Howard County fire officials said.

The one-alarm blaze was reported about 4:20 a.m. at a home in the 6000 block of Harmel Drive, off Cedar Lane, and was under control by 5:06 a.m., according to fire spokeswoman Jacqueline Cutler, who said preliminary estimates put damages at $112,000.

The home was "significantly" damaged and uninhabitable, she said, but the one person inside at the time escaped. The Red Cross was helping the resident find temporary shelter.

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