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Firefighters battle house fire on Remsburg Road near Sharpsburg

September 21, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Firefighters battle a house fire on Remsburg Road in Sharpsburg Friday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Firefighters drew water from the Potomac River to battle a fire that ripped through a remote, two-story house Friday night at 6601 Remsburg Road near Antietam National Battlefield.

Sharpsburg Deputy Fire Chief Chris Mullendore said at the scene that firefighters had a hard time getting water to the fire because of the narrow roads and the house’s remote location.

“When we arrived, both floors of this house were on fire,” Mullendore said.

He said firefighters were able to knock down flames on the first floor, but the staircase had burned away and they couldn't make it to the second level. As a result, he said, firefighters had to battle the fire from the outside by pumping water through the windows.

Max Godlove said he lived at the house since 2004.

He said he was outside sitting at a picnic table at about 7:30 p.m. when he looked through the window and noticed that the inside of the house was glowing.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know what happened,” Godlove said. “I went back in and got my beers and cigars.”

Godlove said he also was able to rescue his dog, but the fire was too hot to retrieve anything else. Fortunately, he said, his two children were away when the fire started.

Godlove’s 8-year-old daughter, Madison, said she was in Hagerstown with her mother, Jennifer Godlove, when the fire started. The two arrived at the scene a short time later.

“There were a lot of memories in that house,” Madison said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

The house appeared to be a log cabin with shingled siding.

Firefighters used hooks to tear away the shingles to battle flames that got between the walls. A lineman from the power company climbed a ladder to disconnect a power line as firefighters poured water on the house.

Several tanker trucks were lined up on a road leading to the house in case they were needed to provide water.

Mullendore said one firefighter was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown to be treated for burns. He said the firefighter’s injuries might have been serious.

In addition to Sharpsburg, firefighters from Boonsboro, Funkstown, Halfway, Williamsport and Shepherdstown, W.Va., responded to the scene.

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