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Howard County fire crews rescue man from burning townhouse in Columbia

Howard County fire crews rescue man from burning townhouse in Columbia
Howard County fire officials responded to a fire in the 5800 block of Harness Court in Columbia on Friday morning (Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue Services)

Howard County fire officials say crews rescued a man from a fire at a Columbia townhouse just before dawn Friday.

The department was called just before 7 a.m. Officials said that upon arrival in the 5800 block of Harness Court in Columbia, responders saw fire on the first floor. A man, who called 911 to report the fire, was on the second floor and was rescued via a ground ladder.

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Officials said the man identified himself as the owner of the house. He taken to Howard County General Hospital and was in stable condition, according to fire officials.

A spokesman for the department in an email said the Fire Marshal “determined the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature.”

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