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.
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.