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Cause of wood kiln fire still being investigated

September 03, 2013
  • Firefighters work Sunday night at the scene of a fire in a lumber kiln building off Clear Spring Road (Md. 68) between Clear Spring and Williamsport.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — A fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damages to a wood kiln Sunday night along Clear Spring Road between Williamsport and Clear Spring, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office said.

The cause of the fire, which was reported by a passer-by shortly before 9 p.m. in the 14300 block of Clear Spring Road, was still being investigated, according to a news release from the fire marshal’s office.

Authorities said the fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the structure and $25,000 in damage to the contents.

The owner of the property, Carl Eby Jr., said Sunday that he used the kiln to dry wood for lumber companies.

Ninety firefighters took about two hours to get the two-alarm fire under control, according to the release.

Anyone with information may call the fire marshal’s office at 301-766-3888.

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