VID | Fire destroys home in downtown Bel Air

Fire destroys home in downtown Bel Air (Courtesy: Bill Snyder, John Gallagher, Mark Ensor, BAVFC)

BEL AIR, Md. (WBFF) - A fire in downtown Bel Air destroyed a house Tuesday afternoon, sending heavy flames and smoke through the area.

A video sent by a witness showed people outside trying to comfort each other as fire crews worked to put out the flames.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened on George Street near Hays Street, reported Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. One cat, however, is believed to have died in the blaze.

Live wires were also reported down in the area.

The fire caused $80,000 in total damage.

Occupant Keith Richardson, who lived in the house with Jamie Bowen and three children aged 5, 10 and 11, was outside in the backyard with his daughter when a passerby notified them of the fire, according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Richardson broke a window and tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, to no avail, according to the notice.

The cause remains under investigation but may be due to an overloaded extension cord, said the State Fire Marshal.

About 30 firefighters spent 20 minutes trying to control the fire.

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