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Fire destroys house

March 24, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

About 10 people were displaced Saturday when a fire of unknown origin destroyed most of a two-story house in Williamsport.

The fire at 4 p.m. appeared to have started on the second floor or attic of the property at 153 N. Conococheague St., Will Ball, chief of the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department, said.

The Maryland State Fire Marshall's office will investigate the fire to try to determine the cause, he said.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

Ball did not have an estimate for the damages caused by the fire, which destroyed the second floor and attic and caused water damage to the first floor, he said.

The fire took about 90 minutes to extinguish because there was a lot of material inside the building, Ball said.

John Calvin, who lives at the house, said he stored a large number of antiques inside the home.

Calvin said he was in front of his house and his wife was on the first floor when the fire started. He said nobody was on the second floor when the fire started.

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Calvin said he did have an idea how the fire might have started.

He was not sure yet what he will do next. He said he might rebuild on the property.

Calvin said he has let other relatives and friends live at the house. He has lived for about 15 years at the home, which he said is more than 100 years old.

He said about 10 people live at the house.

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