Sep. 14—A Harford County church sustained $50,000 worth of damage after a Monday fire, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reported.
Firefighters received a call about a fire at the Love of Christ Church of God, on the 500 block of Philadelphia Road in Joppa at approximately 9:50 a.m. Monday. It took firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company approximately five minutes to control the blaze.
A neighbor saw water discharging from an exterior pipe of the church and contacted church members, the fire marshal's office reported. When the members arrived and opened the rear door, they smelled smoke and heard smoke alarms, so they called 911.
The fire marshal's office said the fire started in the church's mechanical room, but a melted water pipe and fire rated door helped confine it to just the one room. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but unspecified electrical failure cannot be ruled out as a possible cause, the office reported.
Nobody was injured, but the blaze caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the structure and a further $25,000 to the room's contents, the fire marshal's office reported.