Trego Mountain Road fire still under investigation

April 01, 2010
  • Jerry Dorsey wraps caution tape around a fire scene Wednesday on Trego Mountain Road. Firefighters were hampered by a lack of nearby water resources.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

A fire that destroyed a one-story house Wednesday at 3746 Trego Mountain Road near Keedysville caused about $250,000 in damages, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

The origin of the blaze remained under investigation Thursday.

The damage to the house was listed at $200,000 in a release from the Fire Marshal's Office. Damage to contents was set at $50,000.

Eric Gray, deputy fire chief of Potomac Valley Fire Co., said the remote location of the house forced firefighters to haul water to the scene from a pond about five miles away.

Firefighters used pumper trucks and collapsible tanks filled with water to fight the flames.

The house was owned by Carrie Giffin, who occupied it with her fianc, Robert Henderson, and his three young children.

No one was injured in the fire, but two ferrets and five pet rats died, Giffin said Wednesday.

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