The setting off of illegal fireworks on Thursday night led to two separate blazes, one at the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store in Aberdeen and another at a Jarrettsville home, fire officials said.
The Jarrettsville fire was reported shortly after 9:20 p.m. at a residence on the 2300 block of Northcliff Drive. According to a statement from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, he home’s owner was asleep when a neighbor contacted her to tell her rear porch vinyl awning was on fire. A neighbor extinguished the fire with a garden hose prior to the arrival of 15 firefighters from the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company.
Another neighbor, Daniel Moore, admitted to discharging illegal fireworks, one of which strayed into the woman’s yard and ignited the fire. The remaining fireworks were confiscated and a criminal citation was issues. Damage to the home was estimated at $2,000.
Less than an hour later, a passerby reported a fire on the roof of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the Aberdeen Shopping Plaza. A total of 40 firefighters from the Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Level, and Susquehanna Hose fire companies brought the blaze under control in about 10 minutes.
Damage to the building was estimated at $7,000, and damages to its contents were estimated at $2,000. The fire was traced to the embers of illegal fireworks, which were seen being fired from the area behind the shopping center, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Northeast Regional Office at 410-836-4844.