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‘Spontaneous combustion’ causes fire in garage attached to empty house in Finksburg, fire marshal says

‘Spontaneous combustion’ causes fire in garage attached to empty house in Finksburg, fire marshal says
A garage attached to an empty home in Finksburg caught fire July 30. (Clay Myers)

A garage fire in Finksburg on Tuesday was caused by spontaneous combustion, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A garage attached to an empty house in the 1900 block of Orion Drive caught fire at about 5:18 p.m., according to Clay Myers, public information officer for Gamber & Community Fire Company.

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The cause of the fire was initially unknown, Myers said, but the Office of the State Fire Marshal ruled the fire “accidental due to the spontaneous combustion of improperly discarded floor finishing materials,” according to a Wednesday morning news release from the fire marshal.

About 20 firefighters from at least seven fire companies responded, according to the release and Myers. The estimated damage totaled $1,000, the release states.

“Luckily, the fire looks like it was contained to the garage,” Myers said.

Smoke damaged the home, which was empty due to it having been sold, according to Myers.

Firefighters called for additional units when they saw the large volume of smoke, Myers said. The flames were out in about 30 minutes, according to Myers. There were no injuries, he said.

Firefighters broke through the two-car garage to get to the fire, according to Myers.

“They had to cut the garage door,” he said. “They peeled it open.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, Myers said, and the state fire marshal arrived at about 6:20 p.m. to investigate.

The Gamber, Westminster, Reese, Sykesville, Reisterstown, Hampstead, and Upperco fire companies responded, Myers said.

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