Fire investigators say quick thinking by a neighbor averted what could have been a major fire at a northern Harford County gas station and convenience store Saturday evening.
A diesel pump at the Citgo station in the 3900 block of Conowingo Road in Darlington caught fire about 7:25 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
The fire was attributed to an "electrical malfunction within the underground wiring" that ignited the handle on the pump and began to spread when it was noticed by customers.
According to the notice of investigation, neighbor Ryan Roddam, 21, observed the fire from across the street at the same time as the customers. Roddam alerted store employees, who activated the emergency shut-off while Roddam put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
"His quick actions prevented further damage," the Fire Marshal's Office's notice of investigation states.
The fire was already out when Firefighters from the nearby Darlington Volunteer Fire Company arrived. The estimated damage is $1,000.
Minor fire Aberdeen
Fire investigators say an incendiary device caused a minor fire sometime between Sunday and early Monday in a portable office in Aberdeen.
The fire occurred in the rear of the structure belonging to Maryland Portable Concrete Inc. in the 1500 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard, according to the notice of investigation.
The fire burned itself out, and the damage was discovered when the business opened on Monday morning, investigators said. Damage was estimated at $300 to the structure and $20 to contents.