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August 8, 2012
The Peter Burr House will host tours and a “spin-in” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can take a free tour of the oldest wood frame house in West Virginia, built circa 1751. Refreshments will be available. Additionally, the bread bakers of the Burr House will be baking a limited number of loaves in the outdoor bake oven to sell. Peter Burr House is also hosting a “spin-in,” where local spinners can meet and share spinning techniques and challenges.  The events are sponsored by Reliving History and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission.
NEWS
January 16, 2002
Fire causes extensive damage to W.Va. home HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Tuesday morning house fire on Amethyst Lane in the Back Creek area may have started when a towel laying on top of a doll house caught fire, a fire official said. Stephanie Donelson told firefighters that her children had placed a towel over the doll house, which had an electric light inside, said Brett Minnick, chief of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co. The 8:10 a.m. fire destroyed the top half of the two-story frame house at 186 Amethyst Lane and caused water damage to the first floor, Minnick said.
NEWS
August 9, 1999
By DAVE McMILLION photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Staff Writer, Charles TownCHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Plans are coming together for a museum to commemorate West Virginia's oldest timber frame house. The 248-year-old Peter Burr house along W.Va. 9 about five miles west of Charles Town has remained intact through the decades, despite development around the home. The two-story home is within sight of the Burr Industrial Park, and is a short distance from T.W. Lowery Elementary School.
NEWS
February 15, 2004
SMITHSBURG - A utility room fire on Saturday morning that caused approximately $70,000 damage to the home and business of the Jernigan landscaping business has been blamed on a stove burner that accidentally was turned on, a spokesman for the Maryland Fire Marshal's office said. Faron Taylor said the Jernigan family had left the home at 22725 Stevenson Road about 45 minutes before a neighbor spotted the blaze and reported it at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Taylor said the stove, an older model with push button controls, may have been turned on by a family pet. The burner then ignited papers next to it and the fire spread quickly.
NEWS
January 4, 1998
Man saves son in W.Va. blaze FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A 35-year-old man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and burns after carrying his son from a burning house early Sunday morning. Mike Kenny was in stable condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor. Bedington Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Robbie Robinson said Kenny suffered first- and second-degree burns to his arms, face and back, but the more serious concern was smoke inhalation.
NEWS
August 10, 2002
Accident victim's condition serious NEEDMORE, Pa. - McConnelsburg, Pa., man who was injured in a Thursday accident that killed a Needmore man was in serious condition Friday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa., a spokeswoman there said. Leon J. Mumma, 31, was in the intensive care unit, the spokeswoman said. Mumma was flown by Pennsylvania State Police helicopter to the hospital early Thursday morning following a head-on crash on Timber Ridge Road in Belfast Township, state police in McConnellsburg said.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
The cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon at a vacant house in the 16000 block of National Pike was being investigated by Maryland's Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire at 16612 National Pike was called in at 5:34 p.m., said Lt. Brandon Grinder of the Maugansville Volunteer Fire Co. Damage to the two-story frame house was estimated at $50,000 to $60,000, he said. The fire originated in the attic, but the cause was undetermined as of Wednesday night, Grinder said. He said the house had no electrical service.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | January 27, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com A Southampton Township man lost his home and all his belongings early Friday morning when fire destroyed an old brick farmhouse and an outbuilding next to it, a spokesman with the West End Fire and Rescue Co. in Shippensburg, Pa., said. There was no damage estimate. "It was a total loss," said Dennis Clopper, fire department spokesman. There were no injuries. The two-story home at 7541 White Church Road was occupied by John Hammond, who made arrangements to stay with relatives, Clopper said.
NEWS
March 23, 2001
High winds lead to fire in Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg family was burned out of its home at 905 E. Moler Ave. Thursday when strong winds blew a television tower over some electrical wires and sent sparks down the side of the structure, firefighters said. Captain William Markley of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department said the tower was attached to the side of the house and supported a television antenna. He said an arc of electric sparks struck the side of the two-story frame house and set it on fire around 6:10 p.m. Firefighters had to rip through the wall and a ceiling to get to the flames, Markley said.
NEWS
September 10, 2000
Poodle dies in Pa. house blaze By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was to be called in to investigate a fire that killed a family pet and caused extensive damage to a Greene Township home Sunday afternoon. Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. Deputy Chief Bobby Albrecht estimated damage at about $30,000 to home of Richard and Naomi Kissinger, 2962 Cook Road. The cause of the fire, which began in a first-floor den to the rear of the house, had not been determined Sunday afternoon.
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December 24, 2012
An electrical outlet malfunction was suspected of causing a Saturday morning fire on Big Pool Road that displaced four adults and a child, according to deputy state fire marshal. The family has moved into another residence, Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. member Eric Reid said Monday morning. “The community really stepped up,” Reid said. Plenty of clothing and toys have been donated to help the family of Stephen Wood, Reid said. The family has moved to a home on Indian Springs Road where the owner has agreed to donate the first three months' rent to allow the family to get back on its feet, Reid said.
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NEWS
August 29, 2012
The cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon at a vacant house in the 16000 block of National Pike was being investigated by Maryland's Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire at 16612 National Pike was called in at 5:34 p.m., said Lt. Brandon Grinder of the Maugansville Volunteer Fire Co. Damage to the two-story frame house was estimated at $50,000 to $60,000, he said. The fire originated in the attic, but the cause was undetermined as of Wednesday night, Grinder said. He said the house had no electrical service.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
The Peter Burr House will host tours and a “spin-in” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can take a free tour of the oldest wood frame house in West Virginia, built circa 1751. Refreshments will be available. Additionally, the bread bakers of the Burr House will be baking a limited number of loaves in the outdoor bake oven to sell. Peter Burr House is also hosting a “spin-in,” where local spinners can meet and share spinning techniques and challenges.  The events are sponsored by Reliving History and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2012
Cited as a “wonderful remnant” of Jefferson County's frontier days in an architectural history of early county homes, the Peter Burr House also has the honor of being named the oldest original frame house still standing in West Virginia. The house, built in 1751 by Peter Burr Sr., abuts the industrial park that bears his family name. The house was acquired by the Jefferson County Landmarks Commission in 1998. The house's architectural features are listed in “Uncommon Vernacular,” a book by Shepherdstown, W.Va., author John C. Allen that was published in 2011 describing area homes built between 1735 and 1835.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2012
Over the centuries, the 18th-century log house being renovated on the Shepherd University campus has been a private home, a sorority house, a day-care center, a home-economics classroom, and, until last month, a storage unit. The university has spent about $68,000 on renovations so far. The one-and-a-half story frame house is believed to have been built between 1772 and 1793 by Femetghe and Clarkson Freeman. It's on East High Street between Snyder and Knutti halls. It's easily recognized by its peeling yellow paint.
NEWS
By DON AINES | June 11, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The house Lucy Perez and her family spent three years refurbishing was gutted by fire Monday, leaving 10 people temporarily homeless. "The house is condemned. It's gone," Perez said Tuesday, standing outside the shell of the seven-bedroom home she bought in 2005. "We're staying in a hotel. We'll be there for a few days. " The fire that drew more than 100 firefighters and 40 pieces of apparatus to Broad Street Monday afternoon was apparently caused by her 12-year-old nephew playing with a sparkler, she said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | June 10, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Heat proved to be as much an obstacle as flames for more than 100 firefighters who responded to a four-alarm house fire Monday afternoon in Chambersburg that displaced as many as 14 people. At least 15 firefighters were treated for heat- and smoke-related problems, Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator Susan Dutko said. Most were treated at the scene, but two firefighters and one fire policeman were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, she said. The fire at 690 Broad Street was called in at 2:40 p.m., and smoke and flames were coming from the back of the house when firefighters arrived, Dutko said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 23, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - A Washington Township woman and her daughter lost their belongings and their home Friday in a late morning fire blamed on accidental causes. Hanna Weber, the owner of the house, and her daughter, Margaret, believed to be around 12, according to a neighbor, were home at the time the fire broke out behind a sofa in the living room. Weber declined to be interviewed. Several other children were in the home at the time, but everyone, including the family cocker spaniel, left the house safely, said Sgt. Vernon Ashway of the Washington Township Police Department, who also serves as the township's fire marshal.
NEWS
February 15, 2004
SMITHSBURG - A utility room fire on Saturday morning that caused approximately $70,000 damage to the home and business of the Jernigan landscaping business has been blamed on a stove burner that accidentally was turned on, a spokesman for the Maryland Fire Marshal's office said. Faron Taylor said the Jernigan family had left the home at 22725 Stevenson Road about 45 minutes before a neighbor spotted the blaze and reported it at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Taylor said the stove, an older model with push button controls, may have been turned on by a family pet. The burner then ignited papers next to it and the fire spread quickly.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | January 27, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com A Southampton Township man lost his home and all his belongings early Friday morning when fire destroyed an old brick farmhouse and an outbuilding next to it, a spokesman with the West End Fire and Rescue Co. in Shippensburg, Pa., said. There was no damage estimate. "It was a total loss," said Dennis Clopper, fire department spokesman. There were no injuries. The two-story home at 7541 White Church Road was occupied by John Hammond, who made arrangements to stay with relatives, Clopper said.
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