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Fallston Burger King suffers heavy damage in weekend fire

The Fallston Burger King remained closed Monday afternoon after a fire on Sunday morning extensively damaged the building's roof, according to fire investigators, who estimated the total damage to building and contents at $600,000.

Several weekend fires were reported in Harford County, heavily damaging a Fallston Burger King and awakening a guest at an Aberdeen hotel.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents.


A field of bamboo also burned in the Aberdeen area on Sunday.

BK damage $600,000


A fire at 8:41 a.m. Sunday at Burger King, on Mountain Road near Route 1, caused $600,000 worth of damage, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The Burger King remained closed Monday and must be re-inspected before it can open again, Fire Marshal Office spokesman Oliver Alkire said Monday.

The majority of the roof was heavily damaged, Alkire said.

Black smoke was reported pouring from the building, according to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association's media Facebook page.

The fire was discovered in the venting system above the broiler in the kitchen, according to the Fire Marshal's notice of investigation.

About 40 firefighters from five area companies spent 20 minutes extinguishing the fire. All workers evacuated the restaurant, which was open at the time, without incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although grease build-up inside the vent system and a combustible being too close to a heat source have not been ruled out, according to the notice of investigation.

Holiday Inn Express fire


At Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen, an occupant in a room woke up at 3:49 a.m. on Saturday to find smoke in his room, according to another Fire Marshal's notice of investigation.

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The fire, caused by a malfunctioning exhaust fan, had been self-extinguished when firefighters arrived and caused about $500 worth of damage, according to the Fire Marshal's report.

The room's smoke alarm failed to activate, and "it is currently being investigated as to why the alarm did not properly operate," according to the report.

Fifteen Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to the fire.

Bamboo burns

On Sunday in Aberdeen, a field of bamboo was burned when a property owner was trying to burn brush in the 3700 block of Aldino Road at 10:05 a.m., according to another Fire Marshal's notice of investigation.


Damage to the bamboo, which belonged to the property owners, was estimated at $500.

Fifteen firefighters from Level and Aberdeen fire companies took about 20 minutes to control the blaze.