Firefighters from six Carroll County fire companies were assisted by Baltimore and Howard County units during the hour it took to bring a Gamber barn fire under control Wednesday afternoon.
The Gamber volunteer fire company was the lead company to respond to the 1:14 p.m. call for the fire at a farm and nursery in the 2100 block of Deer Park Road.
There were two structures affected by the fire: a large, full-sized barn that was damaged by the fire on one side, and a smaller, one-story addition where the fire started and which Myers said was likely a total loss.
According to a notice of investigation that the Office of the State Fire Marshal put out Wednesday evening, the fire caused about $175,000 damage to the structure and its contents.
“After discovering the fire, the owners attempted to extinguish the fire with several fire extinguishers to no avail. The fire department is credited with containing the fire to only one of the barns on the property,” according to the notice.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
There are no fire hydrants near the farm, according to Clay Myers, public information officer for the Gamber fire company, and so a call for a tanker task force had brought units from Baltimore and Howard counties to assist Carroll companies in providing water to fight the fire.
“Gamber and Sykesville are right here at the barn, Manchester has an engine right here at the barn,” Myers said in the early afternoon. “The rest of the units are all out on the main road or at one of the ponds, drafting water from the ponds for our water supply.”
In total, about 50 to 60 firefighters collaborated to battle the fire, according to Meyers. A final count showed units from the Gamber, Sykesville, Winfield, Hampstead and Manchester fire companies, in Carroll, as well as Baltimore County units from Reisterstown, Glendon and Chestnut Ridge were on the scene.
“And then from Howard County we had at least two units, but I don’t know which company they came from,” Myers said. “A Howard county engine from Bethany station filled in Gamber during the fire.”
There were no injuries due to the fire, Myers said, and some of the property and all livestock were saved.
“The father of the owners got the livestock out,” he said, “He got a couple of golf carts and things out safely. I think whatever else is inside is burned up.”