BY DAVID ANDERSON, email@example.com
12:56 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
Two fires displaced 15 people in Edgewood over the course of two days, fire officials reported.
Thirteen people living in the 1700 block of Judy Way in Edgewood were displaced after a fire caused major damage to one townhouse and minor damage to a neighboring home Saturday.
No injuries were reported, according to a news release from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
Six fire companies from Baltimore and Harford counties sent units to the scene.
A call about the fire came to the Harford County 911 center at 8:41 p.m. Saturday regarding a kitchen fire.
Local fire companies were "started" at 8:45 p.m., according to the news release.
Members of the first unit from Joppa-Magnolia's Edgewood station, who arrived at 8:48 p.m., reported that fire could be seen at the rear of the three-story townhouse, according to the news release.
Joppa-Magnolia, Abingdon and Kingsville volunteer fire companies, along with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, had initially been alerted, and fire personnel on the scene called for support.
The Bel Air and White Marsh volunteer companies sent units in response.
There were 60 volunteer firefighters and EMS workers on the scene, plus four paid APG firefighters.
Nearby Brookside Drive and Gateway Road were briefly closed; fire officials declared the blaze under control at 9:23 p.m., according to the news release.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the people displaced are receiving disaster assistance.
On Monday evening, another fire was reported at about 7 p.m. in a basement in the 900 block of Topview Drive.
The fire was noticed by a Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy on routine patrol, said Andy Doyle, spokesman for Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
After calling for the fire department, the deputy went in to look for anyone inside. No people were found, but the deputy rescued a dog. The three cats in the home died, according to Joppa-Magnolia's press release.
Forty firefighters responded from Joppa-Magnolia, Kingsville, Abingdon and Bel Air volunteer fire companies and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department's Edgewood Station.
Firefighters entered the home, owned by Raymond Crowther, and within 10 minutes had the fire out.
The two adults who lived in the home were displaced by the fire.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal determined the fire was accidental, caused by a malfunctioning dryer. The loss is estimated at $75,000 – which is $25,000 to the house and $50,000 to its contents.