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Fire causes heavy damage to Pa. home

January 21, 2002

Fire causes heavy damage to Pa. home



BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - A Sunday afternoon fire destroyed a Washington Township home that contained an original structure dated back to the 19th century, fire officials said.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. at 13381 Waterloo Road and took nearly 90 minutes to get under control, said Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Chief John Fleagle.

"It was very difficult to fight. Because it had been remodeled, there were three separate exterior walls before we got to where the fire was," he said.

The fire destroyed the two-story home, which was originally a log cabin dating back to the 1800s, Fleagle said.

Damages are estimated at $100,000.

He said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

The owner, Sue A. Jones, was home at the time the fire broke out, but she was not injured, Fleagle said.

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About 60 firefighters and emergency workers were on the scene from 12 units in Franklin, Washington and Frederick, Md., counties, including Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue, Waynesboro Fire Department, Mont Alto Fire Company, Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., Fountaindale Volunteer Fire Department, Emmitsburg (Md.) Fire Department, Franklin County Air Unit, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Service, Mont Alto Emergency Medical Service, Waynesboro Emergency Medical Service and the Washington County Rehabilitation Unit.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than four hours, Fleagle said.

- Stacey Danzuso

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