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Fire at Roland Park home causes more than $1 million in damages

A fire that ravaged a home in North Baltimore's upscale Roland Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon has resulted in severe damage that is expected to cost more than $1 million, Baltimore Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters battled the raging fire and challenging conditions at a home in the 1000 block of Saint Georges Road. With frigid temperatures at play, the fire was escalated to a third alarm around 5 p.m.

Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said two hydrants on the road froze, but added that crews worked around the issue.

Crews had the fire under control at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, but continue to be at the scene Friday morning for clean-up and to investigate the cause.

One firefighter received treatment for a twisted ankle at a nearby hospital, fire officials said.

Clifford Wheeless, 75, lived in the home with his wife since 1970. The retired Johns Hopkins doctor, was home alone at the time and was alerted to the fire by a smoke detector, he said. Wheeless said he would be staying in a hotel Thursday night.

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