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Blaze destroys home on Broadfording Road

June 30, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Flames consume a two-story log home on Broadfording Road on Wednesday afternoon.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Firefighters from at least four departments battled a blaze Wednesday that destroyed a two-story log house at 17163 Broadfording Road west of Hagerstown.

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Bill Garrett said the house that was owned by Jack Conrad was a total loss.

"When we came out of the station, we could see the smoke from the road," Garrett said.

Smoke could be seen around 2 p.m. from at least a mile away, floating over cow pastures and barns in the area. About 250 yards away in a pasture, dairy cattle stood wreathed in smoke.

Flames inside the house could be seen from outside.

Garrett said no one was home when the fire began. Firefighters used at least 6,000 feet of hose to battle the blaze. He said the hoses stretched from the house for about a mile to near the intersection of Broadfording Road and Greencastle Pike.

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Firefighters also extended the ladder from a truck about 150 feet in the air and dumped water on the home from above. A water-bearing airplane circled the area in case the flames spread to a nearby field and treeline.

Garrett said he wasn't sure what caused the fire. He said at the scene that the State Fire Marshal's Office had to talk to Conrad to determine what might have triggered the blaze.

Smoke continued billowing from the building and water was dripping everywhere as firefighters began rolling up hose at 2:55 p.m.

Garrett said he wasn't going to send firefighters into the house until the scene was secure.

"It's not worth getting anyone hurt," he said.

Fire personnel from Maugansville, Halfway, Hagerstown and Williamsport fire departments battled the blaze, along with a Washington County special operations unit.

Broadfording Road was temporarily closed in the area of the fire.

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