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Cause of Washington County fire still under investigation

August 10, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

No one was injured Thursday night in a fire that destroyed a home on Poplar Grove Road, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Damage to the two-story home at 14149 Poplar Grove Road was estimated at $400,000, the fire marshal said.

A neighbor discovered the fire, which was reported Thursday at 10:23 p.m., the fire marshal said. A cause had not been determined.

Two rekindles Friday sent firefighters from the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. back to the scene, where rubble from the fire had reignited.

The house had fallen into its foundation, and exterior porch areas still were smoldering, said Kirk Mongan, chief of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co.

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Firefighters from Leitersburg were joined by personnel from Long Meadow, Smithsburg, Mount Aetna and Maugansville in Washington County, as well as personnel from Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania. The Washington County air and rehab units also responded.

Firefighters spent about two hours knocking down the fire, Mongan said.

Poplar Grove Road runs off Md. 418 (Ringgold Pike) in the area where Md. 64 intersects with Md. 418.

Because of the remote location, firefighters had to shuttle water to the scene.

"The problem is out in that area, there's no public water, so our main goal on any fire is to secure a water source," Mongan said.

Trucks from Franklin and Adams counties transported water to the scene, he said.

George and Nancy Poole owned the home, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Mike Mattingly. Smoke alarms were present, but it wasn't known if they activated.

The family had not yet moved into the home, Mongan said Friday night.

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