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Firefighter sustains minor injury in Mount Airy house fire

Firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire in Mount Airy at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday and observed fire showing through the roof and left side attic of the residence.

Fifteen units and approximately 50 personnel responded to the 6600 block of Christy Acres Circle, and the fire was declared under control after approximately 20 minutes at 5:14 a.m. All units, including Mount Airy, Damascus, Lisbon, Sykesville and Winfield, were clear by 6:50 a.m.

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One firefighter sustained an injury, but did not require transport to the hospital. No civilian injuries were reported, according to a news release from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The preliminary cause is listed as accidental failure of an attic fan, according to the fire marshal’s notice of investigation.

Damage was contained to the attic and second floor area and, according to the notice, is estimated at $50,000 to the structure and contents.

Firefighters fought the fire in the attic using hose lines pulled into the house and used hooks to pull down some ceiling to better access the flames. Tower 12 deployed its ladder to the roof area so the siding and roof could be accessed in the fire area, according to the release.

Mount Airy’s Rescue 1 laid a 5-inch supply line to the scene from Windridge Road for water, and tankers prepared to supply Engine 12 if needed, but no additional water was required other than E12’s booster tank, according to the release.

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