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Attic destroyed in afternoon fire

January 28, 2002

Attic destroyed in afternoon fire



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


A late-afternoon fire Friday destroyed the attic and damaged the second floor of a stately brick home at 140 N. Grant St., leaving a young family of three, who bought the property two months ago, temporarily homeless.

Waynesboro Fire chief Dale Fishack said the cause of the blaze had not been determined. He said the borough fire marshal was looking at electrical malfunction as a possible cause.

There was no damage estimate Friday, Fishack said.

The house is owned by Joseph and Lara Rogers. They live in it with their 3-year-old daughter, Hannah. The family watched the fire from a neighbor's house across King Street.

"I'm distraught," Joseph Rogers said.

He said the fire started in the attic where he maintained a home office. He said he is a private loan officer. The family moved to Waynesboro from Crofton, Md., he said.

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"Thank God they caught it," Rogers said of the efforts of firefighters. "They all showed up and started getting ladders up right away."

Rogers said the house will be rebuilt.

Firefighters worked on the roof off of ladder trucks parked on King Street and on the back lawn of the house. Holes were punched into the roof to get to the flames. They also attacked the fire from inside the attic.

Units from Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Blue Ridge Summit, Greencastle and Adams County in Pennsylvania and from Smithsburg, Leitersburg and Hagerstown responded.

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