NOI 3/3/18 Harford Under Investigation Dwelling Fire Timber Lane

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Date: 3/3/2018

Time: 6:42 a.m. 

Location / Address:  402 Timber Lane, Joppa, Harford County 

Type of Incident: Dwelling Fire 

Description of Structure / Property: One-story, single family dwelling with finished basement & attached garage

Owner / Occupants: Robert & Paula Mank

Injuries or Deaths: None reported

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $375,000.00   Contents: $125,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: Present and operated (credited with saving the lives of the occupants)

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Not present 

Arrests(s): N/A

Primary Responding Fire Department: Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company - assisted by       Bel Air, Abingdon, Fallston, Aberdeen, Kingsville, Perry Hall 

# of Alarms: 1   # Of Firefighters: 45

Time to Control: 60 minutes 

Discovered By: Occupants (after smoke alarms activated)

Area of Origin: Basement 

Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation 

Additional Information: The occupants were in bed and awoke to the sound of smoke alarms. Upon checking they discovered a fire within the basement. Both the husband & wife attempted to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher as well as all-purpose baking flour to no avail. The  fire quickly spread beyond their control and both were able to escape. (2) cats perished. The home and all contents are considered a complete loss by investigators. Friends and Red Cross are assisting. Deputy State Fire Marshals credit working smoke alarms for saving the lives of the occupants. 

Photo courtesy of JMVFC
Photo courtesy of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company
Photo courtesy of JMVFC
Photo courtesy of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company
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