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Fire guts Clear Spring home

March 04, 2002

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - A Clear Spring house received about $100,000 in damages in a fire Sunday morning, the state fire marshal said Sunday.

The fire at 14658 Saint Paul Road started at about 5:30 a.m., the marshal's office stated in a news release.

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Allen Gosnell said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but he doesn't think it was criminal.

Owner Dianna Lynn Blair was awakened by a "popping" sound and saw fire in the area of the front picture window of the one-story rancher, the release stated.

Blair told her two teenage sons and her 9-year-old nephew to leave the house and grabbed her 19-month-old great nephew before getting out, the release stated.

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Nobody was injured in the fire. Gosnell said he wasn't sure where the family was staying Sunday night.

Gosnell said the house cannot be lived in under its current condition, but he thinks it can be repaired.

"It didn't come down. It's most probably repairable," Gosnell said.

He said he'll be at the scene this morning to finalize the investigation. He said he should have a cause by this afternoon.

"We've got some leads. We don't believe there to be any criminal activity," Gosnell said. "We're looking for the source."

Firefighters from Clear Spring, Maugansville and Williamsport and Mercersburg, Pa., responded to the scene.

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