A Joppa home sustained light damage in a Wednesday night fire which broke out in a mulch pile, fire officials said.
The fire was reported at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday by the owner of a split-level home in the 300 block of Joppa Crossing Way, according to a release from the state fire marshal’s office. The fire was ignited in a pile of mulch outside the home by improperly discarded smoking materials.
A total of 10 firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, but found the blaze extinguished upon their arrival. The home sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage, according to the state fire marshal’s office, but none of its contents were damaged. The fire was ruled accidental in nature.