For many of those living in a condominium community in the neighborhood, the sight of fire trucks Monday night was cause for concern.
Several residents of the 9600 block of Haven Farm Road left their homes after the 6:30 p.m. arrival of fire crews to make sure there wasn't a repeat of that left an entire complex vacated and boarded up.
But Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Kyrle Preis said neighbors warmed up to crews after realizing they were only there to distribute information about fire safety and answer questions.
Preis said firefighters from the county's and Fullerton stations, as well as volunteers from and , reached out to about 76 residences.
"Our primary mission is life safety," he said. "We want to make sure everyone is prepared with working smoke detectors."
Wendy Galinn, who lives in the complex adjacent to the fire, said its impact on the surrounding community has been devastating.
"My heart goes out to the people who lost their homes," Galinn said.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, neighbors have speculated that a failure of the building's attic firewall and sprinkler system may have contributed to the more than caused by the blaze.
"All of our buildings were built by the same builder," Galinn said. "This could happen again."
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