A county firefighter received first-degree burns on his ears and second-degree burns on his left hand as he battled a one-alarm fire that caused $70,000 in damage at an Ellicott City ++ home.
Five-year veteran Rodney Miles, 24, was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for the burns he received Thursday evening and released, said Lt. Chris Cangemi, a Howard County Fire and Rescue spokesman.
A 17-year-old who was housesitting for the vacationing homeowners was not injured in the blaze in the 4700 block of Columbia Road in Ellicott City, Mr. Cangemi said. The teen-ager discovered the fire shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday in a second-floor bedroom and reported it.
Thirty-two firefighters and 18 units responded to the fire, which was extinguished at 7:15 p.m., Mr. Cangemi said.
The fire caused $50,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 to its contents, Mr. Cangemi said.
The state fire marshal's office is investigating the fire to determine how it started.