$150K fire destroys barn near Clear Spring

January 17, 2012

CLEAR SPRING — Damages were estimated at $150,000 to a barn and its contents as a result of a fire early Tuesday on Faith Road near Clear Spring, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The fire, which was reported by a passerby at 1:44 a.m. at 13618 Faith Road, caused $100,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 to the contents, according to a fire marshal’s office news release.

Clear Spring Fire Chief Mike Reid said the wood barn was engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived a few minutes after being called.

“There was a small amount of hay and a tractor” inside, he said. “The barn was completely destroyed.”

Reid said firefighters used tanker trucks to haul water to the fire. Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:27 a.m.

He said that in addition to Clear Spring, firefighters from Fairplay, Maugansville and Williamsport were among those who responded.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, the fire marshal’s office said Tuesday.

Authorities said the barn was owned by Clyde and Peggy Faith.

— Dan Dearth

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