A single-alarm fire, reportedly started by a propane gas tank, extensively damaged a one-story home on Old Gunpowder Road near Glenarm Road yesterday evening, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department said.
A firefighter from the Providence Volunteer Fire Company was treated at St. Joseph Medical Center for leg and hip injuries, the result of slipping on the ice at the fire scene. His name was not released.
It was not known late last night if the occupants were at home when the fire broke out. The fire, reported at 5:30 p.m., raced through the house after an exterior propane gas tank either malfunction or exploded. The exact cause of the fire remained under investigation.
When firefighters from county stations at Parkville, Perry Hall, Hillendale, Providence, Kingsville, Chestnut Ridge, and Jacksonville, and a unit from Fallston in Harford County arrived on the scene, much of the house was in flames. Nearly 50 firefighters brought the fire under control at 7:51 p.m. An estimate of damage was not available.
Another firefighter was burned fighting a second house fire last night on Martin Road. The firefighter, whose name was not released, was treated at Franklin Square Hospital. The cause of the fire, reported at 7:18 p.m., was under investigation, fire officials said. The house was heavily damaged.