Fire causes $100,000 damage at warehouse in Woodbine


A three-alarm fire at a warehouse in Woodbine extensively damaged the building's office last night and caused heavy smoke and water damage to the remainder of the single-story cinder block building, said a Carroll County Fire Board spokesman.

Damage was set at $100,000, said Bill Dailey Jr. owner of the 30-year-old A-aarid Enterprise Corp. warehouse in the 7700 block of Woodbine Road near the border with Howard County.

On the way to the blaze, the six-man crew of a Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company fire engine suffered minor injuries when the vehicle ran off the road at Flag Marsh and Watersville roads, said the Fire Board spokesman.

All were treated at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster.

The spokesman said the fire was reported by a passer-by at 8: 10 p.m. He said the blaze raced through the warehouse office and caused a portion of the roof to collapse.

In 20 minutes, the fire went to three alarms and threatened to destroy forklifts and other vehicles in the warehouse.

The spokesman said 30 pieces of equipment from nearly a dozen stations in Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties battled the fire before it was extinguished about 10: 30 p.m.

After using nearly all of the 10,000 gallons of water from an underground emergency water storage tank, firefighters pumped water onto the fire from the Patapsco River, a few yards from the warehouse.

Kara Dailey, a warehouse employee, said she left the building at 6: 30 p.m. and that all was normal.

State Fire Marshal Allen Gosnell said the cause and origin of the fire was not determined last night, but investigators would return to the site today.

Dailey said business normally handled at the warehouse would be transferred to the company's other facility in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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