A Whiteford home sustained severe damage in an accidental fire which broke out Friday morning, fire officials said.
The fire was discovered by a passerby in a single-story rancher home in the 2600 block of Whiteford Road in Whiteford at approximately 7:20 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A total of 20 firefighters from the Whiteford, Norrisville, Fawn Grove, and Delta-Cardiff fire companies responded and brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes.
The fire was traced to one of the home’s bedrooms; it was determined to be accidental in nature, and was ignited by an electrical space heater being placed too close to combustible material.
Damage to the home was estimated at $50,000, and damages to its contents were estimated at $100,000, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The sole occupant of the home was displaced and is being assisted by Harford County Disaster Assistance and the Red Cross.