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Firefighters quickly extinguish attic fire in Hampstead home, officials say

Fire broke out in the attic of a Hampstead home in the 1300 block of N. Main St. on Friday morning, fire officials say, but was quickly extinguished with no injuries reported.

The first call came at about 8:10 a.m., and the fire was declared under control as of 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal believe the origin of the fire was the attic of the two-story, single-family dwelling. The estimated loss of structure and contents was about $10,000, according to a notice of investigation.

According to Bradley Wright, a spokesman for the Hampstead volunteer company, firefighters responded to a report of smoke from a passerby at about 8:13 a.m. Arriving units, finding no one at home, made forced entry to the house and found a small fire in the attic.

While a smoke alarm was present, it did not activate because the fire was contained to the attic, according to the notice.

The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company was the primary responder, joined by units from Manchester, Lineboro, Westminster and Upperco in Baltimore County. About 25 firefighters controlled the fire in about 20 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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