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Family displaced after accidental house fire

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 11:50:27-04

Two separate fires end with a family being displaced and a destroyed accessory building, totaling an estimated $215,000 in damages.

At 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to reports of heavy black smoke coming from the rear of a commercial building in the Unit Block of Pebble Drive in Brooklyn.

First responders discovered the fire emanated from a utility shed. During the blaze, an LP cylinder forklift reportedly exploded, launching a steel retaining band approximate 180 feet. 

Officials say the incident was contained in twenty-minutes. 

Investigators determined the fire was caused by unattended and unauthorized burning of construction debris at an adjourning building. The shed and fork lift were destroyed.

Hours later, at 9:40 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to a house fire in the 100 block of Pasadena Road in Millersville. Units extinguished flames by the attic and wood burning stove in fifteen-minutes. 

The incident was ruled accidental. Two adult occupants were displaced and sustained no injury. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.