Two fires Sunday damage house in Abingdon, rehab facility in Aberdeen

Fires damaged a dwelling used as group home in Aberdeen and a single family home in Abingdon Sunday, Harford County and state fire officials said.

The Aberdeen fire began at the rehab center, in the first block of North Philadelphia Boulevard, at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The sober recovery rehab center houses about 10 people, Rich Gardiner, spokesperson for Harford Fire and EMS, said. No injuries were reported.

According to the notice of investigation, 12 people were displaced by the fire and are staying with family and friends until additional housing becomes available.

The fire damaged a second floor bedroom, where it began, and the room's contents, Gardiner said.

Sixty firefighters from Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Level fire departments responded to the fire, according to the notice of investigation. It took firefighters crews 30 minutes to control the blaze.

According to fire investigators, the 2 1/2 stony dwelling sustained $100,000 in structural damage. Property loss is estimated at $5,000.

Smoke alarms were present and working on the premises. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire resulted in the closure of Route 40 to eastbound traffic at West Bel Air Avenue and of one lane for westbound traffic as firemen worked at the scene, Aberdeen Police reported.

Abingdon fire

The house fire in Abingdon, blamed on discarded fireplace ashes, was reported at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Long Bar Harbor Road.

No one was injured and the fire was bought under control within 20 minutes, Gardiner, of Harford Fire and EMS, said.

Disaster assistance was requested to help two adults in the house, he said.

Firefighters from Abingdon, Bel Air, Aberdeen, Joppa-Magnolia and Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood responded to the incident, he said.

Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company reported sending 14 firefighters to the scene and the State Fire Marshal's Office's notice of investigation states there were a total of 45 firefighters there.

The notice of investigation states the fire was accidental and started on a screened sun porch from the discarded ashes.

Damage to the dwelling is estimated at $50,000 and damage to contents at $10,000. Smoke detectors were present and activated.

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