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Brush fire on Edgewood drive causes minor damage to house

June 01, 2010

A brush fire spread toward a house at 80 North Edgewood Drive Tuesday afternoon, causing minor damage to the house, officials said.

It is unclear what started the fire, which began about 5 p.m. in a pile of downed trees and other debris, said Doug DeHaven, a fire marshal with the city of Hagerstown.

People at the home told authorities they did not know how the fire started, DeHaven said.

The fire was noticed by a city rescue crew that was responding to an ambulance call nearby, DeHaven said.

Other firefighters responded to the fire near the intersection of North Edgewood Drive and Dual Highway and the blaze was brought under control in about seven minutes, DeHaven said.

The fire melted some vinyl soffit on one side of the house, fire officials said.

Jeff Sheffler, who leases the house, said he was on the back porch when he smelled smoke. He said he went around the house and saw a tree on fire. Sheffler said he went to call for help and the fire began spreading quickly.

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Sheffler said the debris that burned had been piled there as part of roadwork in the area.

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