A fire in a doghouse spread to a house in Finksburg on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 23, but was extinguished quickly.
Preliminary finding show the fire appears to have originated from a heating blanket inside the doghouse for a pet potbelly pig, Reese volunteer fire company spokesman Robin Stansbury said.
There were no injuries, Stansbury said, to humans or to the pet pig.
The first call went out at 2:40 p.m. for a fire in a doghouse in the 2800 block of Lawndale Road, but the call was upgraded to a house fire when the fire spread to the siding of a house, according to Stansbury. The fire’s extension to the house was minor, he said.
The fire was extinguished quickly by about 15 firefighters and no injuries were reported, he said. The call was in Reese volunteer fire company’s service area and Reese was assisted by emergency responders from Gamber, Hampstead and Reisterstown.
Stansbury encouraged people to be careful when using items with electrical heating sources that could become a fire hazard.
“We don’t want people to lose their homes and belongings in super cold weather,” he said.