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Man burned in Outer Drive house fire listed in good condition

March 21, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |
  • Firefighters aim water inside a burned-out carport on Outer Drive in Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A man whose hands, face and legs were burned in a fire Sunday at 1357 Outer Drive in Hagerstown was listed in good condition Monday morning at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Brent Aaron Fearnow, 30, was taken to the hospital after his home caught fire shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, Hagerstown Fire Chief W. Kyd Dieterich said.

Dieterich said Monday morning that the cause of the fire hadn’t been determined.  

Fire raced through a garage and part of a the single-story home Sunday afternoon, leaving a burned Fiberglas boat in the garage, Dieterich said.

After the fire was brought under control, firefighters pulled down the remains of walls around the boat to make sure the fire was fully extinguished, Dieterich said.

A neighbor said the boat was purchased recently.

Firefighters, who were alerted about the fire at 5:18 p.m., entered the burning home to attack the blaze and keep it from spreading, Dieterich said.

Part of the house was saved from the fire, but the garage area was heavily damaged. The charred areas extended around to the back of the house.

“It’s not going to be livable for a long time,” Dieterich said at the scene, which is in the northern end of town off Haven Road.

Dieterich said Sunday that he could not tell if the boat had anything to do with the blaze. He said he believes the fire was accidental.

Dieterich said he also believes a pet might have been rescued from the fire.

Ed Able, who lives next door, said he was sleeping at the time.

Able said his wife woke him up and told him to get out of the house.

“It was really burning,” said Able as he watched firefighters extinguish the fire from a back deck on his house.

“It’s a good thing this is brick or we would have been in trouble,” said Able, pointing to his home.

Dozens of people gathered along Outer Drive next to the house to watch 39 firefighters put out the blaze.


Reporter Dan Dearth contributed to this story.

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