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Firefighter injured, resident taken to hospital following fire in Joppa

Firefighter injured, resident taken to hospital following fire in Joppa
A firefighter was injured battling a fire in a home on Emmerick Drive in Joppa Monday afternoon that sent another man to the hospital, fire officials said. (Courtesy Office of the State Fire Marshal)

A firefighter was injured battling a fire at a Joppa home Monday afternoon that sent another man to the hospital, fire officials said.

The fire in the single-family, rancher style home in the 1000 block of Emmerick Drive was reported at 2:45 p.m. by Nicholas Schweitzer, the 18-year-old son of homeowners William and Colleen Schweitzer, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Nicholas Schweitzer was home alone when he discovered the fire in the living room, according to the release. He was able to safely escape with two dogs; however, a cat perished.

About 25 firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company were able to contain the fire to the living room in about 10 minutes; the rest of the house suffered extensive smoke and soot damage, the fire marshal’s office said.

Nicholas Schweitzer was taken to a local hospital for observation, and a Joppa-Magnolia firefighter was treated at the scene for an injury.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 damage to the contents.

The cause is under investigation, according to the fire marshal’s office.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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