Steven Saville lost his two-story house near Keedysville and his pet dog, Muffin, in a fire after trying to use a heater to warm frozen pipes, a Sharpsburg Fire Co. official said Tuesday.
Fire company Lt. Matt Stevens estimated the damage of the fire at 5222 Mount Briar Road at $175,000.
The call to 911 came at 12:59 p.m. Fire companies arrived at the scene about 1:15, Stevens said. The response was slower than usual because of snow and ice on the road, Stevens said.
When firefighters arrived, the fire was fully involved, Stevens said.
Saville told him he would rather the firefighters let the rest of the building burn than save just a portion of it, Stevens said.