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Harford firefighters called for workshop, truck and Dumpster fires over long holiday weekend

Firefighters in Harford County responded to incidents over the long Memorial Day weekend, including a workshop fire on Monday afternoon in Darlington and a fire in a parked truck in Forest Hill on Friday evening, whose cause remains under investigation.

The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company was called at 4 p.m. Monday for a report of a building fire in the 1500 block of Arena Road. The fire was in a one-story steel outbuilding and was quickly brought under control, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

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The fire started when sparks from a grinding wheel being used at a workbench ignited nearby combustible materials, according to investigators. There were no injuries reported and damage to the building is estimated at $500.

The call for Friday's truck fire came in at 6:19 p.m., with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company providing initial response.

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According to the notice of investigation for the incident, a 2014 Chevrolet Express Van/box truck was parked in front a house in the 2200 block of Cantley Drive, when a neighbor reported smoke coming from the interior.

Firefighters were able to control the fire in 10 minutes, but losses to the vehicle and contents are estimated at $60,000 and $40,000, respectively, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

The vehicle is used in an automotive repair business and had equipment in the rear, Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said Monday.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and remains under investigation, Alkire said, but no criminal activity is suspected. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bel Air regional office of the Fire Marshal's Office at 410-836-4844.

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Firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company responded to a Dumpster fire early Sunday afternoon behind the Redner's Market at the Joppatowne Plaza at Joppa Farm Road and Route 40.

Investigators say the fire, which was brought under control within five minutes, was deliberately set.

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