Harford County Home Catches Fire: $500,000 In Damages And One Dog Believed Lost


(Photo Credit: Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company/ The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal)

HARFORD COUNTY - A two-story single-family home in Jarrettsville caught fire late Wednesday night, causing an estimated $500,000 in damages.

Christi Peterson, the homeowner, discovered the fire in her attached garage after waking to loud "pops and bangs." Peterson and her teenage son, along with one of their dogs, were able to escape the home safely and call 911, according to the office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

The Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company deployed 46 firefighters and were able to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes. The bulk of the fire was contained to the garage, but the remainder of the home suffered extensive heat, soot, and water damage. Two vehicles parked outside the house were also affected by the flames.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, although it is believed that one dog may have perished in the fire.

Smoke alarms in the property were present and activated during the incident. The home did not have a fire alarm or sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The home's occupants are currently displaced and are being assisted by friends.

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