Joppatowne house fire

A Joppatowne home was extensively damaged Wednesday afternoon by a fire that started in a boat parked next to the dwelling. (PHOTO BY MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / January 23, 2013)

A Joppatowne home was extensively damaged by a fire Wednesday afternoon that investigators believe started in a boat parked next to the dwelling.

Several fire companies responded to the initial call for a boat on fire in the 700 block of Shore Drive that was first received by Harford County's 9-1-1 Center around 2 p.m. Succeeding calls said there was a dwelling fire with rescue involved, according to monitored emergency radio broadcasts.

The fire gutted one side of the split-level home closest to where the boat on a trailer was parked. Two occupants of the home, a man and a women, got out without any injuries, firefighters on the scene said.

Responding companies included Joppa-Magnolia and Abingdon volunteer fire companies and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department in Harford County and the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County.


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The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A deputy state fire marshal was at the scene.

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