Damage is estimated at about $100,000 in a house fire that struck Sunday while a Gamber family was at a funeral, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Allen Ward.
The fire broke out about 1 a.m. at the home of Russell and Carolyn Brown on Knox Court, and was spotted by a passing motorist, who reported it to a neighbor.
The fire began in the living room, resulting in heavy damage to the first floor, Mr. Ward said.
The family was in West Virginia attending a funeral, officials said.
Firefighters from Gamber, Reese, Sykesville and Glyndon of Baltimore County had the fire under control within about 30 minutes but were at the scene for about five hours, authorities said.
Eldersburg boy shot with BB gun
An 11-year-old Eldersburg boy, who had been shooting "air" from an air-pump BB gun, was struck in the back of the neck by a BB pellet from another gun about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The boy, who state police did not identify, was released after treatment at Carroll County General Hospital. He had been playing with a companion with what they thought were empty BB rifles.
Police said the boys could not explain how the pellet got into the gun.
Both boys live in the 1700 block Pine Knob Road.
The shooting was classified as accidental and no charges were filed, police said.
* Eldersburg: Sykesville responded for a brush fire in the 400 block of Oklahoma Ave. at 3:43 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 75 minutes.