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Dumped ashes lead to garage fire in Fallston

Dumped fireplace ashes led to a garage fire in Fallston Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said.

An area resident reported the fire in the 3000 block of Bellechase Road around 1:25 p.m., said Dave Williams, a spokesman for the Fallston Fire Company. Williams said the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company was the first on the scene and called for assistance from the Fallston Volunteer Fire Company and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

According to Williams, the fire was under control in about 15 minutes and contained to only the detached garage. He said there were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters.

Ben Kurtz, deputy chief of the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, said homeowner's wife was at the residence when the fire began. He said the wife dumped ashes from the home's fireplace in the garage, which sparked the fire.

The Maryland State Fire Marshall's Office was not called to the scene, Williams said.

Kurtz said the estimated cost of the damage caused by the fire has not yet been determined. He said the damage was "pretty much contained to the garage."

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