JOPPA, Md. - A local fire department's Assistant Chief helped avert disaster Tuesday when he got to a fire one minute after the call came in.
A woman called the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company just before 10 a.m. Tuesday and told the chief her home was on fire. The chief immediately radioed in the fire on Neptune Drive.
One minute after the call, Assistant Chief Jason Freund, who lives near the home, arrived, saw smoke and went into the home. He found the fire in the basement furnace and put it out with a fire extinguisher. A fire crew arrived a short time later and put out the rest of the fire.
The fire caused $3,000 in damage, and was kept around the furnace area.