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Fire guts Jefferson County home

February 19, 2006|By DON AINES

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -

Two women escaped from a Saturday afternoon fire that gutted their home in the Mecklenburg Heights development in Jefferson County.

The fire was reported at 2:40 p.m. at 105 Raven Way, according to Zachary Morgan, a junior firefighter with the Shepherdstown Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, there was heavy fire coming from the front of the house, he said.

The one-story house belonged to Gloria Guy and her daughter, Debra Guy, said LaBrell Guy, Gloria Guy's grandson. He said his grandmother and mother both were unharmed and a dog also escaped the house, but another dog died in the fire.

LaBrell Guy said the property was insured, but he did not know where the two women would be staying that night.

Morgan said it took about half an hour to put out the fire. Shepherdstown firefighter Edward Williams said the damage to the house and contents was approximately $200,000.

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No firefighters were injured, Morgan said.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Saturday night and a state fire marshal was called in to investigate, Morgan said.

The Sharpsburg, Baker Heights, Friendship and Citizens fire companies sent units to the scene, Morgan said.

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