Four families were forced to evacuate their homes last night and early today when a two-alarm fire struck the Harford Square Townhouses in Edgewood, said a spokesman for the Harford County Fire Communications Bureau.
The fire, the cause of which remains under investigation, broke out shortly before 11:30 p.m. in a two-story townhouse in the 600 block of Yorkshire Drive and quickly spread to three adjoining structures.
The Red Cross provided shelter to those whose homes were damaged by the fire or by smoke and water.
State Police said that at least one house was burned out by the fire and that damage to the others was described as extensive to moderate.
The fire broke through the roof of one house and entered the roofs of houses on either side.
No injuries were reported among the residents, but a firefighter sustained a minor injury and was treated at the scene.
Nearly 30 firefighters from Harford County stations at Joppa-Magnolia, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Bel Air, and a Baltimore County unit at Kingsville responded.
The fire was declared under control at 12:40 a.m. today.