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Fire heavily damages home on Dustin Drive

No one was in the two-story house when the fire started

April 20, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed much of the interior of this house at 7200 Dustin Drive northwest of Antietam National Battlefield.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — At least seven Washington County fire companies fought a blaze Wednesday afternoon in a two-story home at 7200 Dustin Drive, northwest of Antietam National Battlefield.

Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department Chief Allen James said no one was inside the house when the fire started at about 1:35 p.m.

He said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

James said he didn’t know what caused the fire, but believed it started on the first floor and spread to the second.

“It’s under investigation,” he said.

James said that he was told that four people lived in the home. He said he believed the house, which was charred in the front and appeared to be gutted inside, was a total loss.

Firefighters used hooks to pull a portion of the upstairs wall off the house in an effort to fight the fire. At one point, flames were shooting out of the gutter area, and firefighters donned respirators to work their way through the smoke.

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James said firefighters were being alternated to give them a chance to rest. Firefighters were still arriving on the scene at 3:20 p.m., apparently to relieve those who had been fighting the fire for some time.

“They are experiencing fatigue,” James said.

Firefighters poured water on the flames from hoses that were attached to a tanker truck near the scene.

Firefighters also stretched a hose about 200 yards down a gravel drive to the house from another water source.

Dustin Drive is in a rural area northwest of the battlefield.

In addition to Sharpsburg, fire companies from Boonsboro, Fairplay, Funkstown, Halfway, Potomac Valley and Williamsport responded to the scene.

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