Harford County firefighter suffers burns in Edgewood blaze

Responders believed occupant may have been inside house

  • Firefightters respond to a house fire in Edgewood.
Firefightters respond to a house fire in Edgewood. (Photo courtesy of the Joppa-Magnolia…)
March 10, 2013|By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun

One Harford County firefighter suffered burns and another became ill while combating a house fire Saturday night in the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail, Edgewood.

The incident was reported at about 8 p.m. at a two-story, single family home, according to fire officials.

Initial response came from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, along with the Abingdon Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department.

Fire officials thought there may have have been one person inside, so firefighters entered the house with hoses and began extinguishing fire on both floors. Search and rescue teams looked for the missing occupant.

It was later determined that the occupant was safe at a neighbors house.

However, during the incident, one firefighter from Joppa-Magnolia suffered burns to his upper body. The 18-year-old male was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center by paramedic unit. He was treated and released.

A second firefighter, from the Abingdon Fire Company, became ill on the scene and was taken to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment. He was also treated and released.

Officials of the State Fire Marshal's office were on the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

No additional injuries were reported. One family was displaced and the damage amount has yet to be determined. Other units responding included the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

This story has been updated.

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