A fire investigators say was the result of burned wood chips placed in a trash can, caused an estimated $15,000 in damages to an Aberdeen house Tuesday afternoon.
EMS workers also examined at the scene a woman who lived in the home, but she was not taken to the hospital, Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, said.
Emergency responders were alerted around 1 p.m., and personnel from the Aberdeen Fire Department, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace responded to first block of Graceford Drive.
Twenty-five firefighters responded and it took 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, according to a notice of investigation released Tuesday by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
The cause of the fire, which started on the rear deck of the house, was ruled accidental, "due to improperly discarded wood embers from a smoker," the fire marshal's report stated.