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Illegal fireworks cause two Harford building fires Thursday, investigators say

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Two building fires in Harford County on Thursday were caused by the illegal discharge of fireworks, state fire investigators say.

One of the fires, on the rear deck of a home in Jarrettsville on Thursday night, resulted in a neighbor being charged by citation with discharge of fireworks without a permit, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The second fire, which started on the roof of an Aberdeen shopping center, was caused from the embers of fireworks discharged from an area behind the shopping center, investigators said.

Jarrettsville house fire

A call was received shortly after 9:30 for a dwelling fire in the 2300 block of Northcliff Drive in Jarrettsville. Monitored Harford County emergency radio transmissions reported the fire was on a deck.

According to the notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office, the owner of the home was asleep when she was contacted by a concerned neighbor who told her rear porch was on fire.

The homeowner discovered the vinyl awning was on fire, and a neighbor put out the fire using a garden hose before the Jarrettsville Fire Company arrived at the scene, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

The fire caused an estimated $2,000 in damage to the home.

According to the notice of investigation, another neighbor, identified by deputy state fire marshals as Daniel J. Moore, "admitted to discharging fireworks."

A quantity of fireworks were confiscated and the criminal citation was issued to Moore for illegal discharge of fireworks, the notice of investigation states. The citation had not been entered into the state's online court database as of 10 a.m. Friday.

Aberdeen fire

A call for a fire at Ollie's Bargain Outlet, in the Aberdeen Shopping Plaza off of West Bel Air Avenue, was received from a passerby at 10:07 p.m. Thursday, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

It took an estimated 40 firefighters from four area fire companies to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes, according to the notice of investigation. Responding were the Aberdeen Fire Department, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace and Level Volunteer Fire Company.

Damage is estimated at $7,000 to the building and $2,000 contents.

According to the notice of investigation, the illegal fireworks that caused the fire were seen being discharged behind the shopping center, but the perpetrators were not found.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call the Fire Marshal's Northeast Region Office in Bel Air at 410-836-4844.

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