Vacant Churchville area home destroyed by fire Sunday night

A vacant home near Churchville was destroyed by fire of an unknown origin late Sunday night, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The fire in the 3500 block of McCommons Road, off Route 155 east of Churchville, was discovered by a neighbor around 11:26 p.m. Sunday, according to a notice of investigation from the fire marshal's office.

It took 60 firefighters from nine fire companies from Harford and Cecil counties some 30 minutes to bring under control the fire, which went to two alarms, the fire marshal's office said.

The large number of firefighters responded in part because there were no fire hydrants in the area, according to an e-mail from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

At 12:17 a.m. Monday, the incident commander requested more resources, according to the Joppa-Magnolia report. The fire was not not cleared until 2:48 a.m.

Companies respnding included Level, Darlington, Abingdon, Bel Air, Joppa-Magnolia, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, Community Fire Company of Perryville, Aberdeen Fire Department and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, according to the fire marshal's office.

Fire companies from Delta, Pa., Rising Sun and Perryville were called to transfer their fire engines to stations in Level, Darlington and Havre de Grace, according to the Joppa Magnolia report.

No injuries were reported.

Damage to the home is estimated at $200,000; damage to contents is estimated at $20,000.

"The home was vacant at the time and is a total loss," the fire marshal's notice of investigation states.

The owner of the property is identified as Harford County Airport Owners Group.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the fire marshal's office said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Northeast Region Office of the State Fire Marshal in Bel Air at 410-836-4844.

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