From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the origin and cause of an early morning fire that damaged 8 of the 18 units of the 3-story condominium structure at 108 Seevue Court in Bel Air, Maryland.
The 2:42 a.m. two alarm blaze took nearly 60 firefighters from Bel Air, Fallston, Joppa-Magnolia, Darlington, Level, Susquehanna Hose and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Departments approximately two hours to bring under control. One firefighter from Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department received minor injuries and was treated and released from the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. No other injuries were reported during the incident. Smoke alarms were determined to have been operating at the time of the fire.
Damages to the structure and contents are estimated at $1.5 million dollars. The American Red Cross is assisting approximately 20 occupants who were displaced as result of the fire. The fire affected units in the 106, 108 and 110 address groups located in the building.
The structure was built in 1971, which was before the 1990 requirement of fire sprinkler system installations in all newly constructed apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and dormitories.
Photographs courtesy of John E. Gallagher Photography