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Trailer fire believed to have been arson

February 12, 2009

SHARPSBURG -- A fire that destroyed a travel trailer this morning in southern Washington County was believed to have been arson, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said in a news release.

The fire at 3501 Limekiln Road caused $30,000 damage to a 2005 Bayer Travel Trailer and $5,000 in damage to its contents. The trailer, used as a vacation/weekend home, was a total loss, the release said.

The fire was discovered by the trailer's occupant at 4:55 a.m. Firefighters from Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Potomac Valley, Fairplay and Rohrersville responded to the blaze, which took a half-hour to control, the release said.

Firefighters' efforts were hampered by heavy winds that swept through the area this morning, causing the flames to spread outside the dwelling, an emergency dispatcher said.

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No one was injured, the release said.

The preliminary cause of the fire was listed as arson. A person or persons used an ignitable to set the dwelling on fire, the fire marshal's office said in the release.

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