A fire that investigators say was caused by a child trying to bake a cake on a stove displaced an Aberdeen family early Saturday morning.
A fire that investigators say was caused by a child trying to bake a cake on a stove displaced an Aberdeen family early Saturday morning. (Office of the State Fire Marshal/handout)

A fire that investigators say was caused by a child trying to bake a cake on a stove displaced an Aberdeen family early Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to the 400 block of Holly Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday for a report of a fire in a townhouse unit, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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The Aberdeen Fire Department, assisted by the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and Susquehanna Hose Company, promptly brought the fire under control, but not before enough damage was caused to the unit to render it not inhabitable, investigators said.

The two story middle of group townhouse, owned by Holly Circle Towhhouses LLC, was occupied by Sparkle Lindblad-Foxx and her four children, ages 12, 11, 4 and 3, according to the notice of investigation.

No injuries were reported to fire personnel or occupants of the dwelling.

The dwelling sustained heavy soot damage, according to investigators. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $7,000.

The fire originated in the kitchen and resulted from the 4-year-old attempting to make a cake on the stove, according to the notice of investigation.

Ms. Lindblad and her other three children were asleep when she awoke to smoke,” the notice of investigation states. “She later discovered a fire on top of the stove. She and her four children were able to escape safely. The fire subsequently spread throughout the kitchen.”

A smoke alarm in the house activated, investigators said.

Investigators commended the fire department for a quick response and being able to contain the fire to the kitchen only.

The family is being assisted by Harford County Disaster Assistance.

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