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Fire damages Joppa building early Sunday

Units from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and other fire companies from Harford and Baltimore counties battled a fire in an automotive repair shop off Philadelphia Road (Route 7) in Joppa early Sunday morning.

The first call to the building in the 1300 block of Paul's Lane went out at 12:44 a.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire was contained in about 30 minutes, Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Fire Chief Jason Freund said Sunday afternoon.

Freund said 25 firefighters responded to the scene and no fire was showing on arrival. No injuries were reported.

In addition to Joppa-Magnolia, volunteer companies from Abingdon, Bel Air, White Marsh and Kingsville responded, as did the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, according to the notice of investigation.

Damage is estimated at $200,000 to the building and $200,000 to the contents, according to the Fire Marshal's Office. A post on the Joppa-Magnolia Facebook page described the building as 100 feet by 150 feet.

Investigators have determined the fire began in the interior of an attached storage bay; however, the cause had not been determined as of Sunday evening, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

Route 7 was closed between Old Mountain Road and Joppa Road for several hours, according to the fire company.

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