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Fire damages Hagerstown home

July 17, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - A fire Sunday morning caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage to a town house off Eastern Boulevard, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the fire started on a deck outside 443 Chartridge Drive.

Gas from a grill caused the fire to worsen, he said.

As of Monday afternoon, the cause had not been determined. Ernst said there was no indication that the blaze was set intentionally because there was no evidence of an accelerant.

The homeowners, Reginald and Carol Crawley, were home when the fire broke out at about 7 a.m., Ernst said.

Reginald Crawley woke up and saw the fire at the back of the house, he said. The couple got out safely.

The fire spread to the roof, Ernst said.

Maryland state land records online say the house was built in 1999, as part of the Potomac Manor development.

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The Crawleys bought it in 2002, land records say.

Ernst said the couple's daughter and son-in-law live in the home attached to theirs.

The fire also caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the contents of the house, according to a state fire marshal's office news release.

Thirty-five firefighters from local departments took about 30 minutes to control the fire, the release says.

The American Red Cross was assisting the family.

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