Fire damages Dublin workshop Friday

A fire caused extensive damage to a blacksmith's workshop in Dublin Friday afternoon.

The fire in the 1500 block of Deerfield Road was called in shortly before 1 p.m.

The State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire originated on the rear wall of a 10-by-16-foot outdoor storage facility; however, emergency radio transmissions said the building involved was a "workshop."

Thirty firefighters responded from the Darlington, Level and Whiteford volunteer fire companies in Harford County and Water Witch Fire Company in Cecil County and brought the fire under control in 10 minutes, according to a notice of investigation from the fire marshal's office.

Damage to the structure, owned by David Matheny, is estimated at $8,000; damage or loss of contents is estimated at $2,000, according to the notice of investigation.

Preliminary investigation lists the cause as accidental caused by molten coal igniting the rear wall where the fire started.

"The owner was working with molten coal which he uses to create tools for his blacksmith business," the fire marshal's report states. "The molten coal came into contact with the rear wall of outdoor wooden storage structure, resulting in a fire."

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