Fire dam­ages North East-area garage

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

NORTH EAST — A two-story garage was heav­ily dam­aged af­ter a fire ripped through the sec­ond floor of the struc­ture Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Fire­fight­ers were called to 635 W. Old Philadel­phia Road, in be­tween Wells Camp and Red Toad roads, at 12:43 p.m. for a fully-in­volved struc­ture fire.

The two-story struc­ture, which was set a few yards back from the road, con­sisted of a garage on the bot­tom floor and a liv­ing space on the sec­ond floor. The sec­ond floor space was to­tally burned down in the af­ter­noon blaze.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Mary­land Of­fice of State Fire Mar­shal iden­ti­fied the owner of the garage as Leroy Warner Jr. and es­ti­mated the dam­age at $5,000. The fire, which was dis­cov- ered by a neigh­bor, started in the liv­ing area above the garage but, as of Wed­nes­day night, of­fi­cials were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause.

Steve Pi­atelli, deputy chief of the North East Fire Com­pany, which served as the on-scene com­mand unit, re­ported that it took 35 fire­fight­ers roughly 30 min­utes to con­trol the fire.

In ad­di­tion to NEFC, units from Per­ryville Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany, Charlestown Fire Com­pany, Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Ris­ing Sun, Singerly Fire Com­pany and Har­ford County re­sponded to the scene.

Fire of­fi­cials shut down West Old Philadel­phia Road for ap­prox­i­mately an hour Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon as fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Fire­fight­ers hose down the sec­ond floor of a North Eastarea house on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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