House sitter escapes 2-alarm blaze

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - A holiday house sitter escaped a two-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Ellicott City Saturday night.

The flames broke out around 11 p.m. Saturday night in a two-story home in the 5000 block of Ellis Lane. Callers told 911 dispatchers that flames were coming from the front of the house and there were possibly children trapped inside.

When fire crews arrived flames were through the roof of the home and the attached garage.  A  search found no people in the home. Firefighters discovered the homeowners were away on vacation with a housesitter  watching the home. The house sitter made it out of the house with no injuries.

The two-alarm fire was placed under control in less than an hour. A total of 37 units responded from the Howard County,  Baltimore County and Baltimore City Fire Departments.

No one was injured in the blaze. The damage to the original house is estimated at $900,000 with some siding on the exterior of one of the neighboring houses damaged as well.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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