Fire damages two-story house in Shepherdstown

January 11, 2013

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — A two-story house was heavily damaged in a Friday night fire that drew firefighters from three counties, Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Zac Morgan said.

The 6:45 p.m. fire at 199 Berridge Drive apparently started upstairs, but the cause still was under investigation, Morgan said Friday night. The two occupants escaped injury, as did all of the responding firefighters, he said.

The fire took about 45 minutes to bring under control and the house likely will be a total loss, Morgan said. However, firefighters were able to save some of the occupants’ personal property, he said.

“It was a pretty intense fire,” Morgan said.

The residents were staying with relatives Friday night, he said.

The scene was cleared shortly before 10:30 p.m., Morgan said.

Several fire companies from Jefferson and Berkeley counties responded to the scene, as well the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Morgan said. Firefighters from Boonsboro transferred to the Shepherdstown Fire Department during the blaze, he said.

The Washington County Rehab Unit also was at the scene, providing food and drink for the many firefighters, Morgan said.

“I can’t say enough about the tremendous job they do,” he said of the rehab unit.

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