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Attic fire damages Abingdon townhouse, cause remains under investigation

Firefighters from multiple companies responded to an early morning fire at a townhouse in the 3800 block of Swift Run Road in Abingdon on Thursday, May 14.
Firefighters from multiple companies responded to an early morning fire at a townhouse in the 3800 block of Swift Run Road in Abingdon on Thursday, May 14. (Courtesy Abingdon Fire Company)

An early morning fire the in the attic of an Abingdon townhouse caused approximately $125,000 in total damage, but the quick action of firefighters from multiple companies was able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring townhouses, investigators said.

Firefighters from the Abingdon Fire Company, assisted by Joppa-Magnolia, Bel Air, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen and the Susquehanna Hose fire companies — about 40 in all — responded to the blaze around 1:50 a.m. Thursday in the 3800 block of Swift Run Drive.

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Crews arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the three-story end unit. It took approximately 20 minutes to get the fire under control, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which is investigating. The preliminary cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported.

The fire caused about $75,000 in damage to the structure and another $50,000 in loss of contents, according to a notice from the fire marshal.

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The home, which was built in 1995 according to property tax records, had working smoke alarms and an active sprinkler system, however, the fire originated in the attic, where sprinklers were not present, the fire marshal said.

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