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Early morning fire in Westminster damages two houses

Firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore Counties responded to an early morning fire in the 300 block of Fair Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore Counties responded to an early morning fire in the 300 block of Fair Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday, Sept. 25. (Kevin Dayhoff photo)

Firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore counties responded to an early morning fire Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the 300 block of Fair Avenue on the eastern end of Westminster.

Units from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Manchester, New Windsor, and Glyndon, worked in the fog and rain to extinguish a fire in a one-story single family residence after the resident awakened to smoke on the front porch.

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The first units from Westminster arrived shortly after 2 a.m. to find the front of the house heavily involved in fire, according to Westminster Fire Company Lt. Garheart. The sole occupant had left the house and called 911.

The fire was declared under control after more than 25 firefighters battled the flames for approximately 20 minutes. The fire was contained to the first floor of the residence. A neighboring home was damaged as a result of the fire.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore Gas & Electric, and Westminster Police Department also responded to the fire. Units from Sykesville and Littlestown also assisted.

There were no injuries reported. The fire is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

Firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore Counties responded to an early morning fire in the 300 block of Fair Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Firefighters from Carroll and Baltimore Counties responded to an early morning fire in the 300 block of Fair Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday, Sept. 25. (Kevin Dayhoff photo)
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