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Fire Sunday night extensively damages Bel Air home

Fire extensively damaged a home on the west side of Bel Air late Sunday night, fire officials said.

One firefighter was evaluated for minor burn to the arm, according to the Harford Fire & EMS Association page, which reported the fire in the 300 block of Locust Lane was placed under control within 25 minutes by 40 firefighters.

The unidentified firefighter was treated and later released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

In a notice of investigation released Monday morning, the Fire Marshal's Office said the fire started shortly after 11 p.m. in a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta that was located in the home's attached garage. The occupants initially smelled smoke and discovered the fire inside the garage.

According to the NOI, the two occupants of the home and two pet dogs were able to escape without injury.

Firefighters form Bel Air, Fallston, Joppa-Magnolia, Abingdon and Kingsvile volunteer fire companies responded.

The Fire Marshal's Office said majority of the fire was contained to the garage area; however, there was extensive smoke, soot and water damage to the remainder of the house.

Damage is estimated at $120,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents. The occupants were displaced and are being assisted by family and neighbors, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

The preliminary investigation places the cause as a "mechanical malfunction within the engine compartment" of the Jetta.

The home had working smoke detectors that activated, according to the notice of investigation.

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