Fire damages North East-area garage
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.
Firefighters hose down the second floor of a North Eastarea house on Wednesday afternoon.