The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating an early morning fire at a vacant house in Sykesville, the agency posted on its Facebook page.
Crews from the Sykesville-Freedom fire company were first to arrive on scene at the house in the 6900 block of Slacks Road at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday to find a single-story house fully involved in fire, Chief Ed Ruch, Jr. told the Times.
In a notice of investigation issued Friday, the state agency said the former farmhouse with a basement was discovered by a passerby and that the area of origin and preliminary cause of the fire are under investigation.
There was no fire hydrant in the area surrounding the empty structure, so crews had to draw water from a nearby stream to serve the master stream, which “gives a lot more water and allows us to extinguish more fire,” Ruch said.
It took about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which had spread to nearby brush, he said.