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Civilian with medical condition taken to hospital following Joppa blaze

Firefighters battle a one-alarm blaze Sunday afternoon in the 1700 block of Old Joppa Road in Joppa.
Firefighters battle a one-alarm blaze Sunday afternoon in the 1700 block of Old Joppa Road in Joppa.(Photo courtesy Andrew Doyle)

A cat died and a civilian suffered a medical condition Sunday following a house fire in Joppa, fire officials said.

The one-alarm blaze in the 1700 block of Old Joppa Road was reported at 12:05 p.m., according to Andrew Doyle, public information officer for Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

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A person who lived in the house and suffered from a medical condition was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in stable condition, Doyle said.

The one-story, single family home was owned by Ellen Solomon & Sharon Chilcote, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

No firefighters were injured, but a cat died in the fire, he said.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the home and $25,000 damage to the contents, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office. The cause is under investigation.

Fire investigators said Chilcote discovered a sump pump failure approximately 30 minutes prior to the discovery fire. Chilcote was next door at her daughter’s home for a child's birthday party when she and others observed smoke coming from the home. Her dog was able to escape however her cat died, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Joppa-Magnolia was assisted by volunteer fire companies from Fallston, Kingsville, Abingdon and Bel Air, Doyle said.

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