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Firefighters extinguish garage fire on Cindy Lane

A fire originated in the garage of a one-story residence in the 1000 block of Cindy Lane Saturday afternoon.
A fire originated in the garage of a one-story residence in the 1000 block of Cindy Lane Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy Photo / Office of the State Fire Marshal)

A garage fire in the 1000 block of Cindy Lane in Westminster caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.

Residents were inside the home at the time of the fire on Saturday, March 23 and were able to escape. No injuries were reported to civilians or emergency responders.

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Investigators believe the fire started inside the garage of the home. The homeowners removed their vehicle from inside the garage before the fire could cause significant damage to it. The resident who moved the car received minor burns, but refused medical treatment.

The garage was a total loss and the house had smoke damage and some damage to walls, according to a release by Gamber spokesman Clay Myers.

The first call went out at about 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. First arriving units found heavy fire coming from three sides of a two-car garage attached to a single story rancher style dwelling, according to Myers.

The fire was contained to the garage with moderate smoke and soot damage throughout the home, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Units requested additional tankers and a rapid intervention team. Approximately 40 firefighters fought the blaze, with the Gamber and Community Fire Company leading operations aided by Reese, Westminster, Sykesville, Winfield, Hampstead, Pleasant Valley and New Windsor. This was the first of two house fires in Gamber’s response area over the weekend and the second in three days, according to Myers. Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said the fires are unrelated and are being investigated separately.

The smoke alarm was present and operated during the emergency, according to the notice. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the OSFM.

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