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Baltimore County fire sends five people to hospital, damages three homes and several vehicles

Five people, including a minor, were taken to the hospital after a fire in Dundalk early Tuesday morning that damaged three homes, the Baltimore County Fire Department said.

All five were transported due to smoke inhalation and are expected to survive, according to a news release from the department.

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Firefighters arrived around 12:30 a.m. to the 7800 block of Harold Road and saw heavy flames coming out of a house and spreading along the roofline to adjoining homes. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm, meaning the number of responding firefighters increased to about 60, and fire personnel controlled the blaze around 1:15 a.m.

Investigators believe the fire began on the back deck of an adjacent home in the 1800 block of Church Road. It caused damage to three homes, a shed and four automobiles parked in the backyards of the affected homes, according to the news release from the fire department. The State Fire Marshal’s K-9 unit conducted a search for accelerant use at the scene but found no evidence accelerants had been used. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, according to the news release.

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