1 Hospitalized after Auto Repair Shop Fire in Joppa
Multiple vehicles caught on fire behind the shop on Pulaski Highway.
At 2:04 pm, first responders were dispatched to a building fire reported in the 1000 block of Pulaski Highway, according to Joppa-Magnolia, whose personnel arrived at 2:07 p.m. and reported multiple vehicles behind the garage were on fire.
The closest fire hydrant was more than 1,000 feet away, requiring firefighters to block all eastbound lanes of Pulaski Highway with fire hoses, Joppa-Magnolia said.
Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Abingdon Fire Company, Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company responded in addition to Joppa-Magnolia, and the Harford County Hazmat Response Team was requested due to the potential for hazardous materials inside the building, according to the report.
Fire did not damage the inside of the building due to the speed with which firefighters responded, and hazmat officials determined there was no significant hazardous material present, Joppa-Magnolia reported.
The blaze was declared under control within 30 minutes, according to the report.
One civilian was taken to the burn center at Bayview in serious condition with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Joppa-Magnolia reported.
The victim was an employee of the shop where the fire broke out—Maryland Used Auto Parts—according to The Aegis,, which reported the vehicles that caught fire were bound for the junkyard before the blaze.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested to determine the cause of the fire, Joppa-Magnolia reported.
Eastbound lanes of Pulaski Highway were reopened at approximately 3:30 p.m., the fire company reported.