Hancock fire caused about $10,000 in damage

December 27, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

HANCOCK — The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said a Hancock fire on Sunday caused about $10,000 in damage.

The Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release issued Monday that the damage at 5128 Berm Road, near the C&O Canal National Historical Park, was estimated at $5,000 to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.

Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Greg Yost said Sunday that the fire gutted one room of the one-story house, and caused significant smoke and heat damage to another part of the house.

The Fire Marshal's Office said Monday that the cause of the fire still remained under investigation, but it appeared to have started in a living room interior wall.

According to Yost, four dogs were rescued from the home.

Daniel Murphy, a veterinarian and the town's mayor, said Monday that one dog was taken to a veterinarian in Pennsylvania and was expected to be going home Monday.

Murphy's office kept two of the rescued dogs overnight. He said he planned to send one dog, a hound mix, home on Monday with medication. He was keeping another dog, an older Lab mix, for more observation.

The fire broke out shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The fire marshal's office reported that firefighters from Hancock, Williamsport and Orleans in Maryland, Berkeley Springs in West Virginia and Needmore in Pennsylvania responded to the call.

They needed about 20 minutes to control the fire, the news release says.

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