Baltimore County

Fires damage two Ellicott City houses

Howard County firefighters are investigating the causes of two fires in Ellicott City over the weekend, a two-alarm blaze that broke out in a home on Manor Lane on Saturday evening and a fire that began about 5:45 p.m. Sunday at a home on Valley Road.

On Saturday, the fire department received a 911 call about 11:40 p.m., when a passerby in the 4800 block of Manor Lane reported seeing a house on fire. Rescue workers arrived within five minutes at the single-family house to see "heavy fire and smoke" coming from each of the home's three levels.

Firefighters called for a second alarm, which brought companies from Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties. The firefighters brought the blaze under control within 30 minutes, the department said.

A Howard County fire spokesman said power was out in that area of Ellicott City because of severe thunderstorms the night before and no one was inside the home during the blaze.

On Sunday, firefighters went to the 3700 block of Valley Road after receiving a call about a house fire there. They found fire burning in the kitchen area and throughout the attic of a single family residence.

It took crews about 30 minutes to put out the fire, and no injuries were reported. The initial damage estimate for the Valley Road house is $110,000.

Howard County fire marshals are investigating the incident but believe the cause to be accidental, according to the county fire department.

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