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Fire guts house west of Hancock

February 13, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

A fire Saturday afternoon west of Hancock destroyed a two-story house, Hancock Fire Co. Assistant Chief Bill Willison said.

Willison said the house, in the 1200 block of Woodmont Road, is about eight to 10 miles outside of Hancock.

"It's pretty well totally destroyed," Willison said.

The house is still standing, but the inside was gutted, he said.

Firefighters, however, saved a trailer that is about 10 feet behind the house, he said.

The trailer sustained broken windows and some smoke damage, Willison said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Crews got the call about 4:30 p.m. and were on the scene until about 7:30 p.m., he said.

Willison said the fire is under investigation.

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While the house was listed as vacant, Willison said someone might have been staying there.

"The house supposedly was unoccupied, but we have reason to believe there may have been somebody staying in it," he said.

Willison said the blaze required 40 to 45 firefighters from several companies.

In addition to Hancock, firefighters from Clear Spring, Orleans in Allegany County, Md., Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, W.Va., and Needmore in Fulton County, Pa., responded. The Washington County air and rehab units also responded.

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