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Vacant house burns to ground in Hancock

April 01, 2003

HANCOCK - A vacant house in a remote area east of Hancock burned to the ground late Monday afternoon and the cause was under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Neighbors called in the fire in the 14300 block of Maple Ridge Road at 4:53 p.m. Fire officials said the house had been vacant for years.

The owner of the two-story wood frame home is Pamela K. Whiteside, according to Allen Gosnell, deputy chief state fire marshal. The loss was set at $5,000.

Firefighters from Hancock, Clear Spring, Orleans, Needmore, Pa., and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., responded. The house had burned to the ground by the time firefighters arrived.

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Bruce Shafer was the investigating fire marshal assigned to the fire.

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