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Seven trucks damaged in early-morning fire

Seven commercial trucks and trailers were damaged Saturday morning in a fire at a storage lot in Finksburg.

Fifty firefighters were called to the 3400 block of Md. 140 just before 2 a.m. Saturday for the report of a fire, according to a Notice of Investigation issued by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

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Although there were no injuries, the damage to the vehicles is expected to reach $500,000, according to the notice.

The fire, which took two hours to control, was discovered by a passerby, the notice said.

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The owner of the property is listed as James Uhler, according to fire officials, but the lot is used to rent spaces in which companies can store their vehicles on a monthly basis, said Oliver Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal. The seven vehicles damaged, he said, belonged to seven different companies renting spots on the lot.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westminster Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-386-3030.

410-857-3315

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