Kitchen fire causes $35K in damage to Westminster house

Firefighters responded to a call for service just before 7 a.m. Thursday for a reported dwelling fire in the kitchen of a Westminster residence. No injuries were reported.

The one-alarm fire in the 1300 block of Hughes Shop Road was brought under control within 18 minutes, officials said. Occupants were alerted by the house’s smoke alarm and evacuated. Preliminary investigation suggests the flames originated from a toaster failure, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

“With a small amount of water, they were able to extinguish the fire,” said Charles Simpson, public information officer from the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.

Approximately 30 firefighters from Pleasant Valley, Westminster, Reese, New Windsor and Taneytown responded. Pleasant Valley was the primary responder.

Damage to the home is estimated at $35,000 for the structure and $15,000 for the contents, according to the notice.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, and the American Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

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