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Second fire reported at Millers Church Road home

March 04, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — For the second time in two days, firefighters were called early Friday to put out a fire in a home at 20715 Millers Church Road north of Hagerstown.

Leitersburg Vol. Fire Co. Deputy Chief Robert Myerly said the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office was trying to determine the cause of a second fire that began at about 12:15 a.m. Friday and took firefighters roughly one hour to control.

“The part that didn’t burn the first time (caught on fire),” Myerly said. “The house is pretty much completely gutted now.”

Firefighters were called to the house at about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday to battle the first blaze, which officials said started on top the stove.

Barbara Hosfeld, who had lived in the ranch-style house since 1989, said Wednesday that she believed a pan of grease caught fire, possibly when her son was preparing french fries.

The first fire charred the middle of the house and caused significant damage to the back. Five family pets died in the blaze.

Myerly said firefighters found nothing when they were called to the house at about 10 p.m. Thursday for a possible rekindle. They left the scene and were called back several hours later.

“We had fire through the roof when we pulled up and fire in the basement,” Myerly said of the second fire.

He said the second fire ripped through the bedroom area and damaged the basement.

The people who lived in the house weren’t home because they were displaced by the first fire, Myerly said.

The Red Cross was called after the first fire to help the family find a place to stay.

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Damages caused by both fires were estimated at $165,000 to the structure and $35,000 to the contents, the fire marshal’s office said.

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