Four people were displaced Sunday after their mobile home was destroyed by fire, state fire officials said.
The fire in the single-wide mobile home was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Fawn Grove Road in Pylesville, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The home was owned by Todd and Barbara Linkous and occupied by Christopher Greer and Amanda Schuster. They and their four children have been displaced and their family dog died in the blaze, the fire marshal said. The family was not home at the time of the fire, investigators said.
The fire started in a rear bedroom and was discovered by a neighbor. The cause was accidental, from an electrical failure, according to the release.
About 30 firefighters, primarily from Norrisville Volunteer Fire Company, controlled the blaze in 20 minutes. It caused an estimated $25,000 to the home and $75,000 to its contents, fire officials said.
The family is being helped by Harford County Disaster Assistance, as well as friends and family.
A GoFunMe page has been started by Greer’s cousin, https://www.gofundme.com/segyt-devastating-house-fire.
Neighbor Kate Johnson is collecting donations of clothing and other items for the family.
“We just wanted to get clothes together and it’s been overwhelming,” Johnson said.
She doesn’t know much about the family, but said she wants to help in any way she can. The family needs boys clothes in size 3T and 5T, girls clothes in size 6T, ladies small or medium shirts and pants size 6 and men’s extra-large shirts and size 36 pants.
She is also collecting small household items the family will be able to use once they find a new place to live.
People who want to donate can contact her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kate.dabbs.7 and she will coordinate delivery. Any items the family does not keep will be donated to a local charity, Johnson said.