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No one hurt in South County house fire

March 03, 2013

BOONSBORO — No injuries were reported from a fire Sunday morning that left a house in the southern end of the county uninhabitable, Boonsboro Fire Chief Oley Griffith said.

The state fire marshal’s office was investigating the cause of the fire at 2625 Kaetzel Road, Griffith said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 8:46 a.m. Sunday, a 911 supervisor said.

A fire in a finished basement in a remodeled log house spread upstairs, Griffith said. There was fire damage to the basement and first floor, and smoke damage to the second floor, he said. There were several layers of renovation to the house, which had siding and was for sale, he said.

Tanker trucks carried water to the two-story, single-family home at the corner of Kaetzel Road and Brownsville Road, and water was taken from Brownsville Pond, Griffith said.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the fire and about 90 minutes to put it out completely, Griffith said.

About 45 firefighters responded to the call, Griffith said. They came from fire companies in Boonsboro; Rohrersville; Potomac Valley; Sharpsburg; Brunswick, Md.; Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and Neersville, Va., he said.
Kaetzel Road is in the southeastern end of the county. It runs from Yarrowsburg Road to Md. 67, also known as Rohrersville Road.

— Julie E. Greene

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