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Fire breaks out after box truck collides with building near Md. 97 in Westminster

Fire broke out when a box truck collided with  a structure near the intersection of Bachman Valley Rd. & Md. 97 near 1 a.m. (Handout video)

Firefighters arrived to find a burning box truck after it had collided with a building near Md. 97 in Westminster early Saturday morning.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or civilians. Units arrived near the intersection of Md. 97 and Bachman Valley Road to find a 26-foot box truck that had gone into a building, said Robin Stansbury, a spokesman for Reese Volunteer Fire Company.

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The call came a few minutes before 1 a.m. The structure involved was initially reported as a house, but found to be a house converted into a storage building.

No one was around when the first fire unit arrived, Stansbury said. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

On Monday, the fire marshal reported the crash and subsequent fire caused approximately $50,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 in damage to its contents. The preliminary cause of the fire, which originated within the vehicle, according to the fire marshal’s notice, remains under investigation.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Northeast Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-836-4844.

Firefighters arrived to find a box truck well-involved with fire after colliding with a structure near Md. 97 in the early morning hours of Saturday.
Firefighters arrived to find a box truck well-involved with fire after colliding with a structure near Md. 97 in the early morning hours of Saturday. (Courtesy Photo / Kylee Zbignewich)

About 50 personnel and 15 to 20 pieces of equipment were called from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Manchester, Lineboro, Hampstead, Taneytown, New Windsor and Gamber, as well as help from Adams County and York County in Pennsylvania. A tanker task force supplied the operations with water.

The Maryland State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office had members on scene as well as BGE.

It took until about 2:20 a.m. to control the blaze and the last fire company members were on the scene until about 3:30 a.m. Stansbury said.

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