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Dargan-area family of three displaced by fire

April 11, 2008

DARGAN -- A mobile home near Dargan was severely damaged in a fire Thursday, displacing a family of three, Washington County emergency officials said.

The fire in the 1700 block of Hoffmaster Road was discovered at about 4:20 p.m. when two of the residents came home to find a room filling with smoke, said Eric Gray, assistant fire chief at Potomac Valley Volunteer Fire Co.

Firefighters were able to control the fire within about 20 minutes, Gray said.

No one was injured, but two bedrooms at one end of the home were burned and the rest of the home was rendered uninhabitable by heat and smoke damage, Gray said.

The residents are staying with family, but the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross provided them with food and clothing, said Mike Mowen, director of the chapter's emergency services.

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About 40 firefighters from the Potomac Valley, Sharpsburg, Brunswick, Md., and Boonsboro companies responded to the fire, officials said. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office, the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit, the Washington County Emergency Air Unit and ambulances from Sharpsburg and Jefferson County, W.Va., also responded, emergency dispatchers said.

Damage estimates were not available Thursday night.

-- Heather Keels

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