UPDATE: Firefighters Respond to Two-Alarm Blaze in Arnold

The fire started just before 7 a.m. Tuesday on Deep Creek Avenue. Two residents escape unharmed.

Updated (3:44 p.m.)—Firefighters worked Tuesday morning to battle a blaze at a single-family home in Arnold.

The two-alarm fire started just before 7 a.m. at the home at 1089 Deep Creek Ave., according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jack Beall. Initially, the fire was contained to the lower story of the home.

The fire was under control by about 8 a.m. after more than 50 firefighters responded to the scene from Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and Naval Academy fire departments. 

Another fire department spokesman, Division Chief Keith Swindle, said two residents escaped the house and were unhurt. They are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. 

The home suffered an estimated $100,000 in damages. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, Swindle said.

Johnson navin January 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM
You should ask D/C Swindle if they had to call a second alarm from the intensity of the fire or if AACO does not have enough staffing to handle a single home fire contained to a single dwelling with 1 box assigment. I live in the area but feel that the county is not staffing our equipment properly ... might be a good look for a article by the patch folks..
Michael Ney January 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Johnson, a possible reason: About ten years ago there was a fire in a dwelling near the bay bridge near the end of a dead end road - somewhere around 30 firetrucks arrived from as far as Annapolis, Kent Island, and Erleigh Heights - I think there were more than a dozen fire houses represented in all. It was a fairly small fire, confined to the top floor of an unfinished dwelling, so why did they call that many trucks? The only guess we had was water accessibility - the fire was out of range of the nearest fire hydrant, and so they initially used a relay of pumper trucks from about a half mile up the road while they ran fire hoses between multiple pumper trucks to extend the hydrant to where it was needed. The extra crew were mostly helping set up access to the hydrant.
Michael Ney January 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Correction: Meant to say "relay of tanker trucks."
Johnson navin January 23, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Exactly my point Mr Ney... Kent Island to esablish a relay?? Clearly we don't have enough man power in AACO and the men and women on the Job in AACO deserve better than that as do the taxpayers. But Leopold keeps cutting their pay & hasn't hired a class in 4 years but I digress...
tom March 04, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Most fires are the result of human error or carelessness, including failure to properly maintain or repair appliances and heating equipment, chimney's etc. My home is over 80 years old, as are most of the ones in our community. One has had several fires as a result of woodstove heating and another was vacant and probably the victim of arson. None of the others has ever had a fire. My point is that as tight as funds are now, it would be much cheaper for homeowners to be more proactive than to hire more firefighters.


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