No injuries were reported after a two-alarm fire at an autobody shop in Bel Air Thursday afternoon that took crews about an hour to control and caused an estimated $ 1million in damages.
The accidental fire began in the garage of Weaver’s Autobody in the 700 block of Belair Road when a worker was welding in the garage and items caught fire, said Emily Witty, a spokeswoman for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
A large cloud of black smoke filled the air as firefighters responded to the building, located across Tollgate Road from Harford Mall.
The fire was reported around 12:14 p.m. Thursday, according to the Harford County Fire & EMS Association Facebook page.
The building was owned by Tommy Weaver, according to a news release from the fire marshal’s office, which said the combined loss of the building and its contents is about $1 million.
It had no smoke alarms.
About 40 firefighters reported to the blaze, which the fire marshal’s office said went to two alarms, and had it under control in about 45 minutes.
Tollgate Road between Belair Road and Boulton Street and Belair Road between Tollgate Road and Lake Fanny Hill were closedwhile about 40 firefighters responded to the blaze.
The fire was under control around 1:15 p.m. and no injuries were reported, according to Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.