Firefighters from several local companies were called to fight a fire in a Fallston barn on Friday afternoon.
The fire destroyed most of the 40-by-25 foot barn and a smaller chicken coop, killing 20 chickens and 14 hens, according to the notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
Damage was estimated at $60,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents, according to fire investigators.
The call for a working building fire in the 800 block of Reckord Road was broadcast by Harford County's emergency dispatch shortly after 2 p.m.
Several pieces of firefighting equipment and medical support were requested from the Fallston, Bel Air, Kingsville, Jarrettsville and Long Green volunteer fire companies in Harford and Baltimore counties, according to monitored broadcasts.
A photograph sent from the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. showed the barn was nearly destroyed.
The one alarm fire was brought under control with 50 minutes with no injuries were reported, according to the Fire Marshal's Office's notice of investigation. The fire was discovered by the owners, Scott and Moira McGill.
Preliminary investigation has determined the fire was caused by a heat lamp igniting nearby combustibles, according to the notice of investigation.
The barn that burned was one of three on the property in the Old Fallston rural residential neighborhood near St. Mark's Catholic Church and the Fallston Airport.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun