LEITERSBURG - A homeowner and a Maryland State Police trooper poured buckets of water onto a flaming shed Sunday, holding off the fire long enough for firefighters to prevent it from spreading to a nearby house.
"They were out there throwing water on it when we arrived," Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Milton Bloom III said. "If they hadn't been doing that, we would have had a house fire."
The shed behind 21910 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road was destroyed by the 8:15 a.m. fire.
The cause is under investigation.
The building contained wiring and tar paper, Bloom said.
The unidentified state trooper, who lives in the area, saw the burning building as he was driving by, Bloom said.
The trooper alerted the homeowner and the two ran outside. The homeowner feverishly worked a hand pump and filled buckets of water until firefighters got there.
"He was pumping like crazy," Bloom said.
Bloom said the shed was about four feet away from an abandoned house that the man owns. He lives next door, Bloom said.