A Sunday afternoon mulch fire ignited by discarded cigarettes damaged Einstein Bros. Bagels in Bel Air, causing the business to be closed pending an evaluation by the Harford County Health Department.
The fire was discovered shortly before 4 p.m. by the general manager of the restaurant, located in the 600 block of Marketplace Drive in Bel Air, according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A total of 15 firefighters from the Bel Air, Abingdon and Joppa volunteer fire companies responded and brought the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.
Investigators traced the fire to cigarettes which ignited mulch just outside the building. Damage to the restaurant was estimated at $15,000 and damages to its contents were estimated at an additional $15,000, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The store remained closed Monday morning pending an inspection by the Health Department due to smoke infiltration throughout the structure.