Fire damages pickup truck, house in Street on Saturday evening

The Aegis

A fire that investigators say began Saturday evening in a pickup truck parked outside a house in Street caused extensive damage to the vehicle and spread to the house.

A neighbor initially reported what appeared to be a brush fire in the 1300 block of Macton Road around 6:48 a.m.; it was later reported to be a vehicle fire, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal issued Sunday.

When the first unit from the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company got to the scene, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck was fully engulfed by fire and flames had spread to the roof of the nearby house, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire went to a second alarm, and several other companies responded, including Whiteford, Level, Norrisville, Jarrettsville, Bel Air and Delta-Cardiff.

Approximately 50 firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic of a second-floor bedroom of the single-family, two-story house; however, the bedroom sustained extensive soot, water and fire debris damage, according to the notice of investigation. The fire was declared under control in 45 minutes.

No injuries were reported to occupants of the house or to fire personnel. Damage is estimated at $60,000 to the structure and contents, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday, but Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said there is no evidence of a criminal act.

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