UPDATE: Fire Destroys Perry Hall Condos, 17 Displaced
The fire was reported at around 8:15 p.m. along Haven Farm Road in the Perry Hall Farms neighborhood, a Baltimore County fire official said.
UPDATE (Nov. 7, 11:10 a.m.)—Find updated information in the article, UPDATE: Perry Hall Condo Fire Ruled Accidental, $1M Damages Estimated.
UPDATE (Nov. 5, 12:10 p.m.)—A three-alarm fire struck a section of condominiums along the 9600 block of Haven Farm Road in the Perry Hall Farms neighborhood Friday night.
Billowing smoke was reported at about 8:15 p.m., said Lynn Mullahey, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman.
Mullahey estimated that about 20 pieces of fire equipment from Baltimore and Harford counties, as well as about 100 emergency responders, arrived on the scene.
Crews contained the fire by about 10 p.m. and remained on the scene after 10:30 p.m.
Fire officials worked with the Red Cross to find shelter for 15 adults and two children who were displaced, Mullahey said. Everyone was evacuated from the impacted condominiums and no civilians or firefighters were injured.
Investigators determined that the fire started in the ceiling above one of the third floor condominiums, Mullahey announced Saturday morning. Its cause, however, remains under investigation.
"We didn't get all the flames but we probably got all the damage," said Mary Alice Pruitt, who lives on the second floor of the impacted complex.
Her husband Robert Pruitt said the fire was devastating.
"It feels pretty bad—all your life's savings up in smoke in the matter of a half hour," he said.
Patricia Adcock, who lived with her mother on the fourth floor, said the blaze took an emotional toll.
"It's scary. I'm shivering. My mother is 87 ... she's been saying her rosaries so hopefully everything's going to be OK," Adcock said. "I could definitely use a drink."
Late Friday night, the Perry Hall Improvement Association announced an effort to collect gift cards for fire victims. More information is available in the article, PHIA Collecting Gift Cards for Condo Fire Victims.
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