Washington County house damaged in fire

April 17, 1997


Staff Writer

SAINT JAMES - A house fire near Saint James Village on Wednesday afternoon caused extensive damage to a one-story rancher, but no one was hurt, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, State Fire Marshal K. Arthur McGhee said.

It took 25 firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the fire at 9732 Morning Glory Lane, said Capt. Vinson Dieterich of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire began about 1:06 p.m. in a basement bedroom, said Deputy Chief Charles Cronauer of the state fire marshal's office.


The rear of the three-bedroom ranch house was damaged by fire and there was smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the house, Dieterich said.

Damage to the house and its contents was estimated at $90,000, Cronauer said.

Lanny Myers Sr. said he was at work in his Myers Body Shop at 350 W. Oak Ridge Drive when a neighbor came to tell him his home was on fire.

Myers, 49, said he hadn't been home since 6:50 a.m., when he left for work.

"I just hope my insurance is paid," Myers said when he arrived home Wednesday afternoon to see the damage.

Myers had insurance, Cronauer said.

Myers was looking for his 17-year-old cat, Blackie. His dog, Runt, was chained in the side yard.

Firefighters pumped water to battle the blaze from a broken hydrant about 200 yards from the house at the intersection of Morning Glory Lane and College Road, Dieterich said.

Also responding were The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co., Community Rescue Service, Washington County Emergency Air Unit and the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit.

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