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Fire guts vacant two-story house in Blue Ridge Summit

April 10, 2001

Fire guts vacant two-story house in Blue Ridge Summit



Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


An fire early Monday afternoon gutted a vacant two-story house on Pen Mar Road in a blaze that brought out units from Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Jim Meek, deputy chief of the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire and Rescue Squad, said the call came in at 1:10 p.m. The fire was believed to have started in a front downstairs room, he said.

Meek said he was the first firefighter on the scene.

"There were flames shooting out of four downstairs windows when I got here," Meek said.

The fire was under control in about five minutes, Meek said.

Both floors of the home were gutted, and the cause of the fire was under investigation, Meek said.

The house had been empty for six or seven months, Meek said. Fire officials did not know the identity of the owners, he said.

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Paul Rumbaugh, a landscaper working behind a neighbor's house, saw smoke covering the back of the house and called in the alarm.

Units also responded from Waynesboro, Pa., Smithsburg and Leitersburg in Washington County, and Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Md., Meek said.

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