Sharpsburg man injured in house fire

November 16, 2003|by

A Sharpsburg man suffered facial and respiratory burns in a housefire Saturday morning and was airlifted to Washington Hospital Center, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo.

Neil Burker was at home at the rented single family one-story house at 7129 Dam No. 4 Road with his two children, aged 3 and 5, when the fire began, Zurolo said. He received his injuries when he tried to put the fire out himself, Zurolo said.

Zurolo estimated damage to the home and its contents at $70,000. He said the home is owned by James Houser Jr. of Sharpsburg.

The fire was reported at 10:58 a.m., Zurolo said. It appeared to have originated in the living room sofa when a lamp was knocked over onto it and the heat of the bulb ignited the cushions.


He said 30 firefighters from Williamsport, Fairplay, Funkstown, Halfway and Sharpsburg took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

Zurolo said Burker's injuries included second-degree burns to his face and hands, but were not life threatening.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has added a link to its Web site for tips in the investigation into the death of Shirley Finfrock, 68, who was found dead Wednesday in her Smithsburg-area home.

Anyone with information on the investigation may visit the Web site at and follow the link for homicide tips, according to a release from the sheriff's office. Anyone with information also may call Cpl. Harsh at 240-313-2183.

As of Saturday evening, no arrests had been made, said Sgt. Mark Knight. He said the sherriff's department was conducting interviews and cataloguing evidence.

Hagerstown and Longmeadow firefighters extinguished a brush fire Saturday in a cornfield behind Potomac Heights Elementary School on East Magnolia Avenue.

Capt. Brian Pile of the Hagerstown Fire Department said the fire was reported at 2:39 p.m. He said officials weren't sure how the fire started.

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick City Police charged a city man with first- and second- degree assault, carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon, attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct in a stabbing incident early Saturday, police said.

Shawn L. Battle, 33, of the 1000 block of Carlton Place, was charged after police were called to the area shortly after midnight and found a male stabbing victim.

The victim was not identified.

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