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January 19, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Firefighters contained a Saturday night house fire on Franklin Farm Lane to the living room, according to Franklin Deputy Fire Chief Steve Himes. The fire department was dispatched at 10:13 p.m. and remained on the scene for an hour and a half. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. "The whole living room was pretty much involved. We forced the front door and went in," Himes said. The family of five was outside the two-story, brick house when firefighters arrived and found somewhere to stay for the night, Himes said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 23, 2004
Firefighters pulled two people from a burning house on Mercersburg Road on Friday night, a fire official said. A woman who was rescued was seriously injured and was airlifted to a hospital, said Charles Mundey, chief of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. A Washington County emergency dispatcher said the woman was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A man who also was rescued from the house was taken to a hospital, but was not as seriously injured, Mundey said. The brick house at 14323 Mercersburg Road was on fire when firefighters arrived at about 10 p.m., he said.
NEWS
May 15, 2003
Ten houses are listed for Washington County in the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage guide, but the first house was withdrawn from the pilgrimage. Nine remain. The numbers correspond with the map shown, beginning with Hoffman Farm on Keedysville Road, but visitors can start anywhere on the tour. 1. Hoffman Farm, owned by John Hollyday and Richard Gold 18651 Keedysville Road The Hoffman Farm has been in the same family for six generations. The stone springhouse, circa 1810, was the farm's first home.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 14, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com Fire consumed a vacant house on Old Forge Road near Chewsville Wednesday. Dozens of firefighters took turns dousing the two-story brick house from the front and back. Milton Bloom, deputy chief of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., said the two-family house probably has been empty for at least 10 years. Bloom said a state fire marshal was called in to investigate. Standing amid clumps of bushy, moth-infested grass, firefighters stood or crouched in teams of two as they sprayed the house, aiming for hot spots in the walls, ceiling and roof.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | February 6, 2000
A Hagerstown family of four displaced by a fire last week on George Street is seeking contributions of clothing, toys and furniture to replace items lost in the blaze. But more than anything else, Deborah Smith and her three children have been struggling to find a new place to live. Smith said she has had to take time off from work since the Tuesday fire to try to find a new three-bedroom apartment. So far she has been unsuccessful, and for now she is staying with relatives.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 12, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Fire caused about $150,000 in damages on Friday to a house in the Paradise Homes development north of Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire at 13803 Eden Drive, near Paradise Church Road, appeared to have been accidental. In a voice-mail message, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the cause likely was an electrical failure in wires leading to a ceiling vent fan. As seen from the backyard, the roof of the one-story brick house had a gaping hole in it a few hours after the fire was reported.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | March 22, 2007
NEW FRANKLIN, Pa. - The first firefighters responding to 5118 Burkholder Road on Wednesday afternoon encountered a flashover effect at possibly more than 2,000 degrees, slamming the firefighters a few feet inside the front door but not injuring anyone, officials said. Firefighters then left the house for their safety and attacked the blaze from the outside. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver has started his investigation into the cause and origin of the fire that destroyed the brick house of Chambersburg dentist Michael Cerveris in Guilford Township.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | August 30, 1999
FUNKSTOWN - Walter and Mary Lou Rizer were at home watching television Monday night when they heard a screech followed by a loud crash that shook their house. "I didn't know what happened. It scared the daylights out of me," said Mary Lou Rizer as she stood outside her 201 E. Baltimore St. home. A Plymouth Voyager and a Chevrolet Blazer collided at the intersection of Frederick Road and East Baltimore Street around 9 p.m., then hit the house, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 16, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An early evening fire Friday left two families with children homeless and sent one man to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment of burns on his hands, an occupant of one of the apartments said. The fire, in a two-story brick house on the corner of Grant and North streets, is believed to have started in a second floor kitchen from grease on a stove, said Cassie Baer. Baer lived in the apartment with her two sons, ages 3 and 4, and her boyfriend, Luke Fietner. Fietner was cooking dinner for himself and the boys at the time, she said.
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By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 18, 2013
This is the 198th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. Mills Road runs generally north/south between Burnside Bridge and Harpers Ferry roads, near land crossed during the Battle of Antietam. Well down the road, on the west, stands an elegant brick house opposite a weathered frame barn with brick granaries. Double chimneys rise from either gable wall of the house. A one-story, hip-roofed porch shelters the main entrance in the center of five bays.
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LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | February 22, 2013
Dam Number Four Road drops south from Downsville Pike toward the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. On its west side, a sign indicates Cheney's Neck. This private road leads a quarter-mile back ending in a circular drive before an elegant brick house. The lawn is gently rolling; the structures tidy and well kept. To the left, a triangular stone wall with an open door rises gently from the earth. A similar wall stands parallel to this 130 feet or so to its west. This is all that remains of a bank barn: the bank itself, and the brick-lined, barrel-arched root cellar within it. This handsome house has five bays and stands two-and-a-half stories high.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2013
After enduring so much anger and pain in losing your house and filing for bankruptcy, how would it feel to receive as much as $125,000 in compensation? “I don't even think like that because it just sets you up for another downfall,” said Hagerstown resident Nancy Shulley, who lost the title to her city home after her lender filed for foreclosure in 2009. “Things like that,” she said of the potential windfall, “just don't happen to me.” Now, because of the $8.5 billion settlement announced with 10 major U.S. lenders this past week, a windfall for Shulley just might happen.
LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | February 24, 2012
This is the 191st in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. An allee of ancient maples marks the long lane leading north off the National Pike, west of Hagerstown. Set well back among pastures, Rocky Spring farmstead stands on a slight rise, with wetlands to the west and lawns around the structures. Rock outcrops abound across the landscape. A tenant house on the west nestles into the earth, standing on early stone foundations above a spring.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | July 6, 2010
Smoldering fireworks caused a blaze that resulted in $1.3 million in damages to a house at 11006 Shalom Lane in Black Rock Estates east of Hagerstown early Tuesday. Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the spent "ground-based sparkling devices" were put into a plastic trash can near the house and next to a gas grill, which did not explode but helped the fire spread. The fire "traveled up the side of the house and across the roof," Ernst said. Damage to the two-story brick house was estimated at $1.3 million, according to Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley.
NEWS
By PAT SCHOOLEY | December 12, 2009
Editor's note: This is the 178th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. Dam No. 5 Road travels between Clear Spring Road and the C&O Canal. As it nears the canal, the road descends from farm fields to woodlands along Little Conococheague Creek, crossing the creek near its confluence with the Potomac River. At this juncture stands a stately brick home facing east toward a meadow in front of a rim of trees that conceals the C&O Canal and the Potomac River.
NEWS
By ARNOLD PLATOU | August 1, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- First, the good news. Austin McKee, the Hancock man laid off from Rayloc last year, as well as Hagerstown newlyweds Patrick and Lauren Smith Thomas have gotten jobs or are very close. Matt and Allison Weaver, who put their Halfway rancher up for sale last winter when the market was looking particularly gloomy, have sold the house. The 200 employees at Williamsport Retirement Village, who gave up more than 2 percent of their pay for several months, have gotten small bonuses.
NEWS
January 19, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Firefighters contained a Saturday night house fire on Franklin Farm Lane to the living room, according to Franklin Deputy Fire Chief Steve Himes. The fire department was dispatched at 10:13 p.m. and remained on the scene for an hour and a half. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. "The whole living room was pretty much involved. We forced the front door and went in," Himes said. The family of five was outside the two-story, brick house when firefighters arrived and found somewhere to stay for the night, Himes said.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | March 22, 2007
NEW FRANKLIN, Pa. - The first firefighters responding to 5118 Burkholder Road on Wednesday afternoon encountered a flashover effect at possibly more than 2,000 degrees, slamming the firefighters a few feet inside the front door but not injuring anyone, officials said. Firefighters then left the house for their safety and attacked the blaze from the outside. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver has started his investigation into the cause and origin of the fire that destroyed the brick house of Chambersburg dentist Michael Cerveris in Guilford Township.
NEWS
by PAT SCHOOLEY | November 5, 2006
The Mason-Dixon line was completed in 1767 to settle a border dispute between land grants given to William Penn and to Lord Baltimore by King Charles the First of England. This line approximated latitude 39 degrees 43 minutes and divided Pennsylvania from Maryland. Mason Dixon Road follows the line, more or less, from U.S. 11 to Greencastle Pike. A few businesses and small homes are scattered among fields. About a mile west of Interstate 81, just before a railroad crosses Mason Dixon Road, stands a handsome brick house surrounded by a yard filled with well-tended gardens, flowering trees and accessory structures.
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