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Keyword: three-alarm

Last week's 3-alarm fire at Loafers Sports Bar & Grill in Catonsville remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

The popular restaurant and nightclub suffered significant damage in the August 30 fire; investigators estimated damages at about $1 million.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 3:59 p.m. to the restaurant, frequently called Loafers Lounge, in the 6500 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21228. A fire marshal from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services who saw smoke coming from Loafers as he was driving on U.S. 40 called 911.

At about the same time, patrons in the restaurant 3-alarm fire, Loafers Sports Bar & Grillsmelled smoke and alerted an employee. Fire crews found heavy fire when they arrived. A second alarm was called at 4:12 p.m., and a third alarm at 4:49 p.m. Crews moved to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that the fire started in an exterior wall surrounding the second-story staircase. The cause remains under investigation.

Two career and one volunteer firefighter were transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters rescued 15 goldfish from a large aquarium inside the nightclub.


Fire investigators have ruled the first of two firesGreenspring Avenue 3-alarm fire, November 22-23. at a large, two-story Greenspring Avenue home last week accidental, caused when sparks rising out of a fireplace and chimney ignited the roof. The cause of second fire -- a three-alarm blaze that destroyed the home -- will remain undetermined because the damage is so extensive that investigators cannot pinpoint the origin.

Investigators said suspicious activity is not a factor in either fire.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 10700 block of Greenspring Ave., 21093, at 1:52 p.m. on Thanksgiving Greenspring Avenue 3-alarm fire, November 22-23Day for a dwelling fire.

BCoPD investigators said the family was at home, having a Thanksgiving gathering, when one of the children playing outside saw fire on the roof. The occupants self-evacuated, and firefighters contained the fire by 2:49 p.m. Fire damage largely was contained to the roof and an upstairs bedroom.

Fire crews were dispatched to the same Greenspring Valley address at 3:32 a.m. Friday. Commanders reported fire through the roof at 3:53 a.m. and called for a second alarm. The fire spread quickly, and several large-capacity tankers were deployed to try to contain it. Commanders requested a third alarm at 4:22. At one point, all fire personnel were ordered to evacuate the structure because of the threat of building collapse. A partial collapse occurred at 5:03 a.m.

No injuries were reported. Investigators said that, because of water and fire damage to the main house from the first fire, the family spent the night in an adjacent pool house. The child who told his parents about the first fire also saw the second fire and alerted the family. All occupants got out on their own.

More than 40 pieces of fire equipment were required to fight the three-alarm fire. 

Revised October 16, 2020               
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