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Nine stations assist with midday Sykesville blaze

August 21, 2012

A firefighter is shown knocking down the fire in the attic of a house Tuesday around noon at 232 West Main St. in Sykesville. The second floor and attic sustained heavy damage in the midday blaze. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

SYKESVILLE — An accidental fire Tuesday afternoon caused heavy damage to the upper stories of a house located at 232 West Main St. in Sykesville.

The alarm was called into Jefferson County 911 at 12:11 p.m. for a working structure fire at the Asti residence, which had smoke and flames showing when the alarm was called in, said Kevin Yamrick, Sykesville Fire Department chief.

"We had a quick response, as we were out of the fire hall in four minutes and at the scene in six minutes," he said. "We're pretty lucky because three of our members work across the street from the hall at Symmco, so we can get out fast."

Yamrick said they were able to knock the fire down on the second floor fairly quickly; however, it was difficult to get access to the attic and knock the fire down in there.

"The cause of the fire was accidental, as a young child was playing with a lighter in a second-floor bedroom," Yamrick said, adding that there was an adult home at the time the blaze broke out.

"They were trying to put it out themselves before they called 911, which caused the fire to build and build," he said. "By the time they called, it was too late."

He said despite the fact that it was a daytime fire, there was an excellent response from all of the fire companies involved, and there were no injuries.

Yamrick said Sykesville was assisted at the scene by the Sykesville Police Department, a number of fire departments — Big Run, Reynoldsville and its aerial truck, West Sandy, Brady Township, Station 74 DuBois and Reynoldsville — and Sykesville Ambulance.

He said Elk Run was on standby at Big Run and Adrian-Sandy was on standby at Reynoldsville.

The state police fire marshal was called in to confirm the cause of the fire.

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