Harford County fire officials reported two incidents which occurred over the weekend, as a blaze severely damaged a Joppa home Sunday and two “bottle bombs” were found in a residential neighborhood.
According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the owner of a home on the 600 block of Trimble Road in Joppa discovered a fire in the basement of his house just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning. Approximately 50 firefighters from the Joppa, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fallston, Bel Air and Kingsville fire companies brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes.
Damage to the home was estimated at $75,000 and damages to its contents were estimated at $20,000. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, and traced to an unknown electrical malfunction in the home’s breaker box.
On Saturday, a resident of the Meadow Wood Townhomes in Edgewood discovered two explosive devices shortly before noon at the intersection of Ironwood Court and Meadow Wood Drive. The detonated devices were termed “bottle bombs” by the Deputy State Fire Marshal who responded to the scene.
Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Bel Air Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-836-4844.