Volunteer and professional firefighters rushed to Lutherville from as far as Glyndon and Dundalk Wednesday morning to fight a house fire just off Greenspring Avenue.
No firefighters or civilians were injured, but six classic cars were destroyed in the fire, according to Lt. Larry Myers of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
"We estimate about $300,000, just on the vehicles," Myers said at the scene.
The cars burned through and through, with only gray metal remaining. The garage was mostly burned with little left but burned wooden beams by the time the fire was out.
Firefighters first got a call at 9:17 a.m. about the fire at 3 Candlestick Drive.
"Everybody was out of the house when we got here," said county Battalion Chief Stephen Miller.
"The biggest issue we had was getting water to the fire," he said.
Firefighters, however, used a "tanker draft team," which used a pond as a source of water, he said.
The team carries 1,000 gallons of water at a time to areas where water may be hard to access.
In the case of the Candlestick Drive fire, the trucks ran to and from the pond and dumped the murky water into temporary pools constructed near the scene of the fire.
In all, 28 pieces of fire equipment and 75 volunteer and professional firefighters responded to the blaze, which was under control a little after 10 a.m., Miller said.
The fire is thought to have been accidental and started in one of the classic cars in the garage, Miller said.
"The living section of the house has a lot of smoke damage, but no fire damage," he said.
Smoke left black marks above the front door, which appeared to be far away from the fire itself, and the trees in the thickly wooded area were singed but didn't catch fire.
The man and woman who live in the house sat, surrounded by family and neighbors, in a driveway across the street while firefighters continued soaking the smoldering cars and wood with water a little before noon.
A man who identified himself as "Sam," and who said he was the couple's son, did not allow reporters to speak with the couple and would not give their names, but said he might comment later.