- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

FOREST HILL, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a fire in a unit at a bounce house play center heavily damaged the center in Harford County.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release that Friday afternoon, a customer at the Jump On It Fun Center in Forest Hill saw smoke and flames coming from the blower of a Batman bounce house. Officials say about 25 customers left safety.

An employee shut off electricity to other houses and tents in the facility, causing the bounce houses to deflate, which fire officials say helped contain the fire.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No one was hurt.

The Fire Marshal’s Office estimates damage to be $450,000. Officials say the fire was caused by a mechanical failure of the blower.

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