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Firefighters handled several blazes in Harford County during the past week, including one that destroyed a barn near Havre de Grace.

Around 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Matthew G. Wiherle discovered a fire in his barn in the 3500 block of Old Level Road, according to deputy state fire marshals.

Fifty firefighters from Level, Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Darlington, Susquehanna Hose and Water Witch fire companies battled the fire for 45 minutes before getting it under control, according to fire officials.

The fire went to a second alarm.

The fire destroyed the building, worth about $100,000, and caused $150,000 damage to the contents, including several tractors and other farming equipment.

Fire officials are not sure why the inside of the 50-by-100-foot barn caught fire and the incident is under investigation.

Bel Air explosion

Before 9:30 a.m. Saturday, someone set off fireworks in a residential mailbox in the 800 block of Foxborough Drive in Bel Air, according to deputy state fire marshals.

The blast destroyed James and Patty Loebach’s $25 mailbox.

Members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and state fire marshal’s office arrived to investigate.

The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Elkton Office of the State Fire Marshal, 410-996-2793.

Fire in Fallston

Around 10:48 p.m. Thursday, lightning struck the roof of a home in the 1300 block of Old Fallston Road in Fallston, according to deputy state fire marshals.

Someone passing through the area noticed the fire in the home of Russell Svehla.

Twenty-five firefighters from Joppa, Bel Air and Kingsville fire companies controlled the flames within 15 minutes, but not before the fire caused about $5,000 damage to the building, according to fire officials.


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