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Multiple fire companies respond to Finksburg fire Wednesday; home a total loss

Fire officials said a house that burned Wednesday in the 2900 block of Hughes Road in Finksburg was a total loss.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, according to Alan Barnes, assistant chief of the Gamber fire company. The state fire marshal went to the scene of the fire to investigate the cause.

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The damage caused by the fire totaled $60,000, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. There were no smoke alarms or sprinklers in the building, according to the notice.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries in responding to the fire, though all three refused to be taken to a hospital.

Barnes said firefighters — 30 responded — had some difficulty accessing the building, which is bordered by Beaver Run.

A fully involved fire was reported Wednesday on Hughes Road in Finksburg.
A fully involved fire was reported Wednesday on Hughes Road in Finksburg. (Jennifer Turiano/Carroll County Times)

“Crews initially had issues because the driveway is in the creek,” he said. There was a small, rickety foot bridge over the creek, but it appeared unstable.

They needed extra time to run their hoses through the creek, the assistant chief said.

Barnes said fire crews were dispatched at 12:58 p.m. and trucks arrived at 1:06 p.m. Firefighters issued a call to evacuate the building at 1:30 p.m. and were able to get the fire under control a few minutes later.

Barnes said no one was in the building at the time. The notice of investigation from the fire marshal said the building was vacant.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. workers came to shut off power to the property.

Fire companies from Gamber, Reese, Westminster, Hampstead, Winfield and Sykesville, as well as Glyndon, Reisterstown, Winfield, Upperco and Chestnut Ridge in Baltimore County, responded.

This story has been updated.

Fire crews work at the scene of a fire in the 2900 block of Hughes Road in FInksburg that was reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Fire crews work at the scene of a fire in the 2900 block of Hughes Road in FInksburg that was reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)
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