Two-alarm fire damages three townhouses in Ellicott City

February 28, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A midday, two-alarm fire heavily damaged the western Ellicott City townhouse where it began and two adjoining units Monday, according to Howard County fire officials.

Howard County Fire Department Battalion Chief Gordon Wallace said the fire in the 10500 block of Old Ellicott Circle was reported at 12:50 p.m. and arriving crews found the garage townhouse engulfed in flames. Units on both sides of the three-level house were also damaged, and two vehicles in the garage were destroyed, he said, though the homes are equipped with sprinklers. The center house was destroyed, he said, and BGE crews shut off a gas line leak in the garage, where the blaze began. Tax records valued the home at $441,885.

Three people home at the time escaped without injury. The cause was under investigation.

Wallace said the blaze was under control by 1:20 p.m. and a spectator was treated at the scene for chest pains, but the fire itself caused no injuries. The homes are part of a development between Frederick Road and U.S. 40, just west of where the two roads intersect.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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