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Firefighters respond to the scene of a two-alarm fire on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel Air on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Firefighters respond to the scene of a two-alarm fire on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel Air on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun Media)

A two-alarm fire damaged several townhomes Saturday night in Bel Air.

The fire was reported shortly before 830 p.m. in the 200 block of Hunters Run Terrace, Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said.

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According to preliminary reports, the fire started on the outside of a townhouse on the end of a group of six homes.

“It quickly spread up the back wall and damaged the home next door,” Alkire said. “Typically when it goes up the back wall it’s off to the races.”

Four families, including eight adults and seven children, have been displaced, according to Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Chief Steve Cox.

Three houses suffered fire damage and a fourth suffered smoke, water and heat damage, he said.

About 60 firefighters had the fire under control in about one hour and 40 minutes, Cox said. One firefighter was reported down but he returned to fighting the fire after being evaluated by EMS, he said.

Everyone was out of the homes when firefighters arrived.

“That helped us that we didn’t have a rescue, we could direct all our efforts to firefighting,” Cox said.

The view from behind townhomes on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel AIr that were involved in a two-alarm fire Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
The view from behind townhomes on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel AIr that were involved in a two-alarm fire Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun Media)

Bel Air engine 315 was first on scene and Deputy Chief Ricky Davis immediately requested a second alarm.

“There was plenty of fire,” Cox said, adding most of it was on the back side of the end house.

Rhonda Young, who lives in the court behind the fire, said she heard sirens, but hears them often being so close to Route 924.

Then she saw first responders pull up in her court.

“Flames were shooting amazingly high,” Young said, as she stood outside the front of the house. “There was so much smoke.”

Firefighters from Bel Air, Fallston, Aberdeen, Joppa-Magnolia and Abingdon responded at the scene late Saturday. Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and a company from Baltimore County were also on scene.

Earlier in the week, a woman died in a three-alarm fire in the 4000 block of Webster Road in Havre de Grace Wednesday afternoon. The cause has not been determined.

Firefighters respond to the scene of a two-alarm fire on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel Air on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Firefighters respond to the scene of a two-alarm fire on Hunters Run Terrace in Bel Air on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun Media)
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