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Fires in Joppa and Edgewood caused thousands of dollars in damages during the past two weeks. Authorities believe one fire was set intentionally.

Around 9:48 p.m. Friday, firefighters arrived in the 1100 block of South Mountain Road in Joppa after a passerby noticed a home in that block was on fire, according to the notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Fifty firefighters from Joppa, Abingdon, Bel Air, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Kingsville in Baltimore County controlled the blaze within 15 minutes.

The fire caused about $40,000 in damage to Raymond Kreiger’s two-story home, according to the notice.

Deputy state fire marshals believe the fire started in the attic accidentally when wiring of a heating and ventilation unit malfunctioned.

Joppa shed

Just after 8 a.m. on March 16, flames raged in a shed in the 200 block of Chell Road in Joppa, according to the notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Thirty firefighters from Joppa-Magnolia, Abingdon, Bel Air and APG-Edgewood fire companies responded to the scene and controlled the flames within 15 minutes, according to the notice.

Members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

Brian and Jennifer Rose’s 8-year-old son discovered the flames in the 20-by-20-foot shed behind their home.

Investigators determined the fire started accidentally when a power strip inside the shed overheated and ignited nearby combustibles.

The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the structure and $15,000 in damage to the contents. The flames also damaged the siding mounted on the back of the Rose’s home as well as a neighbor’s vehicle, according to the notice.

Edgewood suspected arson

Around 6 p.m. March 12, a fire started in a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck belonging to Mark and Laura Milcarzyk, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Four Abingdon firefighters arrived in the 2600 block of Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood to quell the flames. They controlled the fire within five minutes.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set inside the vehicle, according to the notice.

The blaze caused about $11,000 in damage.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal, 410-836-4844.


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