A two-alarm fire destroyed a Fountain Glen townhouse Sunday afternoon and began spreading to adjacent dwellings before being brought under control.
At about 2:12 p.m. Sunday, Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to the 600 block of Gairloch Place off of Redfield Road in the Fountain Glen development for a reported apartment fire.
A request for a second alarm assignment was made when crews arrived and found the dwelling was a fully-involved, middle of the group townhouse with flames spreading to adjacent units.
Crews were at one point evacuated from the dwelling so hoses could be used to knock down a majority of the spreading fire. Minutes later, crews were permitted to reenter the townhouse – making their way through the dwelling and placing the fire under control within 20 minutes of arrival, according to BAVFC.
Approximately 50 firefighters from four Harford County companies (Bel Air, Abingdon, Level and Fallston) worked this incident. There was no one home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries sustained.
One kitten was located and removed alive from the basement of the home. The first and second floors of the affected townhouse were destroyed and the basement suffered smoke and water damage. There was minor damage as the fire extended to adjacent townhomes.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The owners at 668 Gairloch Place are being assisted by the Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Bel Air at (410) 836-4844.
From the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company:
Please take the time to check your smoke detectors and keep them in operational readiness just like this homeowner did. They were sleeping when the fire broke out and the detectors awakened them. This inexpensive device saved her life and the life of her child. Without an operational smoke detector the outcome would have been more tragic than it already is.
The homeowner is a past member of the BAVFC and the company has started a donation drive for the family. Those interested in making a contribution of clothing (3 year old girl 4T/size 10 shoes, women’s size 9 pant and medium shirt) or toys can drop them off at the BAVFC. For those interested in making a monetary contribution in lieu of clothing or toys, gift cards are accepted. At this time we just ask no checks, cash or large furniture. Thank you for your support.
Photgrapher Matt Spearman, a resident of the community, captured the scene as it unfolded:
Photography by Matt Spearman