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Fire damages Clear Spring duplex

nine occupants displaced

February 14, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Two families were displaced Tuesday morning when fire damaged this duplex at 13731 Mercersburg Road in Clear Spring.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

CLEAR SPRING — Fire companies battled a house fire at 13731 Mercersburg Road in Clear Spring early Tuesday.

None of the nine residents of the two-story duplex was injured, said Charlie Mundey, deputy chief of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.

Units were called to the fire at 3:41 a.m., a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said.

Mundey said when firefighters arrived, the attic on one side of the duplex was engulfed in flames.

Mundey said the fire was contained by 4:30 a.m. and firefighters left the scene around 7:15 a.m.

From the outside, damage could be seen on one side of the two-story home, and two windows were missing.

Mundey said the fire damaged both floors and the attic of one side of the duplex.

There was smoke and water damage to the other side, with some heat damage in the attic, Mundey said.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office estimated the damages at $35,000 to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.

Firetrucks from the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co., Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., and Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. were sent to the fire.

Rhonda House, who said she was one of the occupants of the house, said nine people in two families lived in the duplex.

She said the occupants would stay temporarily in a house on the property behind the damaged structure.

Judy Peterson, emergency services program manager for the American Red Cross in Washington and Frederick counties, said Red Cross personnel went to the fireground at 5 a.m. to provide food and other services.

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