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Fire destroys W.Va. home

November 04, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

MARLOWE, W.Va. - Nearly 20 firefighters from Maryland and West Virginia couldn't save a Marlowe home that was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday, said Will Ball, chief of the Williamsport Fire Department.

The fire was fully involved and the two-story, wood-frame house's porch had already collapsed when Williamsport firefighters reached the scene at 9583 Williamsport Pike, across from Marlowe Elementary School, Ball said.

The home's four occupants were away at the time, but a family pet was killed in the fire, Ball said.

"It was too unsafe for us to send anybody into the house when human lives weren't at stake," he said.

None of the firefighters from Williamsport or the Bedington (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department was injured during the 30 minutes it took to get the fire under control, Ball said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

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