A fire in Joppa Monday evening resulted in $1.5 million in losses and the destruction of a home and 13 vehicles, fire investigators said.
Just before 6:30 p.m. Monday, units from Joppa-Magnolia, Bel Air, Abingdon and Fallston volunteer fire companies and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department in Harford County, as well as the Long Green and Kingsville volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County responded to a house fire in the 2400 block of Bluefield Circle in Joppa, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
Crews arrived to find a 4,400-square-foot, single family, occupied dwelling fully involved with fire. Lack of fire hydrants made extinguishing the fire difficult, according to an online post.
Extra tankers were requested and "shuttled" water from a hydrant next to the new McDonald's at Mountain and Belair roads in Fallston, more than a mile from the scene of the fire, according to a post on the Facebook page, Harford Fire Blog.
The occupants were at home when the fire, which started in the garage, was discovered by a passerby, according to the fire marshal's office.
According to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, the home is owned by Richard and Patricia Losh. The primary structure was built in 1965; the house and property were valued at $367,800, according to the site.
The estimated loss of structure was $500,000, but the loss of contents was approximately $1 million and includes three motorcycles, several antique and racing cars and an RV, the fire marshal's office said. Three family pets are missing.
The cause remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal, 410-836-4844.