A Forest Hill home was seriously damaged in a Monday afternoon blaze which was ignited by juveniles playing with fire.
The fire was discovered in a residence on East Jarrettsville Road at approximately 1:14 p.m. when several children under the age of 8 told their mother that their second floor bedroom was on fire, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The woman unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the rapidly-spreading fire, before fleeing the house with her children.
A total of 30 firefighters from the Bel Air and Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Companies brought the blaze under control in about 10 minutes. The fire, which was traced to the side of a bed in the room, was contained to the children’s bedroom with significant smoke, soot, and water damage throughout the home.
Damage to the home was estimated at $40,000 and damages to its contents were estimated at $10,000, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Temporary assistance is being provided by the Harford County Disaster Assistance Team.