(Photo courtesy Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
Three vehicles, including a Model T Ford, were damaged in a Monday morning fire on Magnolia Road in Joppa, two years to the day that an earlier fire broke out on the same property.
The fire was reported by a passerby just before 11 a.m. in a detached, one-story, three-car garage in the 500 block of Magnolia Road in Joppa, according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A total of 25 firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia, Abingdon, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Kingsville fire companies responded and brought the blaze under control in approximately 25 minutes.
Three vehicles sustained “extensive” smoke, soot and water damage according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, including a Model T Ford, a 1993 Ford Mustang and a 1996 Ford Mustang. Damage to the garage was estimated at $30,000 and damages to its contents were estimated at $70,000.
A fire broke out at the same property on Feb. 9, 2013 according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. In that incident, which took place in a garage that has since been replaced, sparks from a propane torch ignited combustibles, causing an estimated $15,000 in damages. That earlier fire was ruled accidental in nature by investigators.
However, the timing of the most recent fire has caused investigators to continue to look further into its cause.
“To have another fire, on the same day, within 90 minutes of each other, is not the norm for us,” said Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire. “That certainly threw red flags for us.”