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Fire destroys Hancock bait shop

damages estimated at $300K

February 25, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Flames shoot through the roof during a Monday morning fire that destroyed the Reel Deal Bait & Tackle shop at 26 Canal St. in Hancock.
Photo submitted by Andy Stotler, photographer for the Hancock Fire Department

HANCOCK — A Monday morning fire that destroyed the Reel Deal Bait & Tackle shop at 26 Canal St. in Hancock caused an estimated $300,000 in damages, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Officials were investigating the cause of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at 2:56 a.m., according to a fire marshal’s office news release.

Hancock Fire Chief Danny Shirley said Monday afternoon that flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived.

“There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters,” he said.

Shirley said firefighters didn’t have trouble getting water to the fire, but the narrow roadway made it difficult to get fire trucks to the scene.

“It was a tight squeeze,” he said.

Authorities said the bait and tackle shop had no sprinklers or smoke detectors.

Two adjacent structures, a single-family home and the C&O Bicycle Shop, sustained exterior heat damage as a result of the fire, the release said.

It took 48 firefighters about 45 minutes to get the two-alarm fire under control, the Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Fire companies from Hancock, Clear Spring and Williamsport in Maryland; McConnellsburg in Pennsylvania; and Berkeley Springs, Great Cacapon and Hedgesville in West Virginia responded.

Anyone with information may call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-766-3888.

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