Fire destroys two-story home in Rohrersville

cause unknown

June 03, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |

ROHRERSVILLE — Eight fire companies from three counties in Maryland and West Virginia battled a fire Thursday night that destroyed a two-story house at 3212 Gapland Road in Rohrersville, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Friday morning at the scene that he believed the fire started in the living room.

"I'm still trying to come up with a cause," Ernst said. "Right now the structure is still unstable."

The fire, which was reported by a neighbor at about 9 p.m., took 54 firefighters about 75 minutes to bring under control, a fire marshal's office news release said.

Boonsboro Firefighter David Lewis said Friday morning that the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

"Fire was coming out of every window in the house," he said.

Lewis said firefighters had to return to the scene at about 1:30 a.m. to put out a minor rekindled fire.

Boonsboro Fire Chief Oley Griffith said the Red Cross was called to help the woman who lived in the house.

The fire caused about $130,000 in damage to the structure and $35,000 in damage to the contents, the fire marshal's office said.

Fire companies from Rohrersville, Boonsboro, Funkstown, Sharpsburg, Potomac Valley, Brunswick, Md., Frederick County, Md., and Jefferson County, W.Va., responded to the scene. 

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