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Fire damages part of Gamber home Monday

GAMBER - A fire damaged the left rear corner of a two-story home rented out as apartments mid-morning Monday, according to firefighters.

There weren't any injuries from the fire, which a preliminary investigation shows was caused accidentally from discarded smoking materials, according to a Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal notice of investigation.

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The blaze on the 3900 block of Sykesville Road near Gamber was extinguished within 15 minutes, the notice states.

The fire caused an estimated loss of $40,000, the notice states, and originated in a garden bed with dry vegetation.

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The call for the fire came in at 10:09 a.m. Monday, according to Clay Myers, Gamber fire company public information officer.

Two occupants were home at the time but quickly left the house to call 911, according to Bruce Bouch, Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal spokesman and a Gamber firefighter.

Damages were contained to the left rear corner - used as a laundry room - and the porch, Myers said.

About 20 firefighters arrived at the scene from several different fire companies, Myers said. Gamber fire company served as the primary unit at the scene.

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The notice of investigation lists Cindy Farrell as the owner and Jonathan Mathis as the occupant.

It wasn't immediately clear if the renters occupying the apartment in the two-story home would be able to live in the space, Myers said.

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