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Firefighters respond to blaze in Finksburg

Volunteer firefighters from Reese, Hampstead, Gamber, Carroll County respond to a house fire in the 2000 block of Carrolton Road, around 4 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018.

No injuries were reported following a dwelling fire in the 2000 block of Carrollton Road on Monday evening.

At 4:12 p.m. firefighters were called to the one-alarm blaze in a Finksburg residence. No one was home at the time of the fire.

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Robin Stansbury, public information officer for the Reese Volunteer Fire Company, said Reese was the first department to arrive on scene and observed heavy fire through the roof of the residence.

The fire was declared under control after approximately 30 minutes by about 40 firefighters from Reese, Westminster, Hampstead and Gamber.

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“Most of the equipment was released before 5 p.m.,” Stansbury said.

A rapid intervention team was initially called, but canceled after firefighters determined that they would be attacking the flames from the exterior of the home, Stansbury said. A rapid intervention team primarily provides back-up for personnel entering a structure.

A county road crew also responded with salt to allow equipment to safely access the driveway of the property.

The estimated loss to structure and contents totaled approximately $200,000. Smoke alarms were not present in the structure, according to the notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The American Red Cross is assisting the occupant of the residence.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating to determine the cause.

This incident came on the heels of several accidental fires over the weekend. Officials are calling for caution and attention to maintenance when using fireplaces and space heaters.

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