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Fire destroys garage near Smithsburg

August 23, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

A soot-covered car and blackened pieces of frame and debris were all that remained late Tuesday after a fire destroyed a garage on Edgemont Road near Smithsburg.

According to Lt. Charles Baker of the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst was conducting an investigation.

Fifty-eight personnel from fire departments in Washington County, Frederick County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa., responded to the fire at 14469 Edgemont Road.

Nathan Gardenhour of 14457 Edgemont Road said he was impressed by the fire departments' response and was grateful that no one was hurt.

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"They were here ASAP. To be honest with you, it was one of the fastest response times that I've ever taken notice to," Gardenhour said.

According to Gardenhour, who lives two houses from the fire scene, the fire sparked explosions in the garage, where three motorcycles were kept.

The noise from the explosions drew him outside, he said.

"Fifteen to 20 minutes, it was pretty much nothing," he said.

The fire was reported at 9:02 p.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. Crews were still on the scene at 11 p.m.

According to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Web site, the property at 14469 Edgemont Road is owned by David L. and Robin M. McSherry.

Baker said the fire is not believed to be related to a weekend blaze that destroyed a wooden-frame storage building several miles away.

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