FAIRPLAY - A chimney fire that ignited an interior wall has been blamed for a fire Friday night that destroyed a mobile home at 16867 Taylors Landing Road, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.
Damage to the structure, which is owned by Melvin and Teresa Gossard, was estimated at $30,000 while its contents were valued at $10,000, Maryland State Fire Marshal Jason W. Mowbray said.
The family was not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries, Mowbray said.
A passer-by spotted the fire, which was reported at 9:12 p.m., Mowbray said. There were no smoke alarms in the home, he said.
A total of 31 firefighters from Fairplay, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Funkstown and Halfway had the fire under control within 25 minutes, Mowbray said. The Washington County Rehab Unit also was called to the scene, he said.