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November 1, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office is investigating a fire Tuesday morning that caused $500 in damages to 1992 Ford Explorer in the 100 block of Sentry Ridge, according to a news release. The fire, which occurred about 6:34 a.m., started around the driver side, the dash and the passenger compartment, according to the news release. The fire was out when fire officials arrived, the release from the State Fire Marshal's office said.
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August 5, 2013
A fire that caused $1,000 in damage to a minivan Sunday morning on Sandy Hook Road in Knoxville was intentionally set, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. A passer-by reported the fire at 8:30 a.m. in the 18800 block of Sandy Hook Road, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. Authorities said the 2000 Dodge Caravan stopped burning by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation determined the fire started on the exterior of the vehicle, according to the release.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
A Funkstown man has been charged by Maryland and Hagerstown fire officials with posing as a fire marshal after allegedly pretending to conduct safety inspections at five Washington County businesses. Johnathan Theodore Stahley, 22, of 102 E. Baltimore St., was charged by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office with four counts of personation: member of an emergency squad, according to the statement of charges obtained Tuesday from Washington County District Court. The State Fire Marshal's Office also charged Stahley with one count of theft of $1,000 to $10,000.
NEWS
January 14, 2012
The number of fatal fires in Maryland increased in 2011, but fewer people died in those blazes than in 2010, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were 56 fatal fires in 2011, compared with 50 in 2010, Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said in a news release. Sixty-seven people died in fires in 2011, compared with 71 in 2010, according to the release. There was one fatal fire in Washington County. Delbert G. Summerville, 88, of 12809 The Terrace in Hagerstown, died Feb. 23, 2011, one day after being trapped in the basement of his burning home.
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November 20, 1998
WALKERSVILLE, Md. - A fire in a recycling bin at Walkersville High School Wednesday afternoon was deliberately set, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. A teacher walking by a classroom at 3:45 p.m., just after school was dismissed, spotted the fire. The teacher carried the bin outside, preventing the fire from spreading, fire marshals said. The bin contained discarded newspapers, fire marshals said. Damage, confined to the bin, was set at $30.
NEWS
October 11, 2008
SHARPSBURG - A 15-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns to his lower legs Thursday in a fire in the 3000 block of Limekiln Road, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The boy was playing with gasoline that had been poured on the ground about 6 p.m. when the fire began, the fire marshal said. The boy was taken to Washington County Hospital and transferred to a burn center, the fire marshal said. Units from the Potomac Valley and Sharpsburg fire departments responded.
NEWS
January 12, 2008
Damage was estimated at $4,000 in a shed fire early Saturday at 10028 Old National Pike, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. About $1,000 worth of furniture was destroyed in the fire, which "heavily damaged" the 12-foot-by-12-foot wood storage shed, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Jason M. Mowbray said. Firefighters from Funkstown and Boonsboro responded to the blaze, which was reported at 3:28 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Mowbray said.
NEWS
June 24, 2002
HANCOCK - A fire in 50 bags of cement on a pallet at a construction site Sunday night is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Fire Marshal Bruce Shafer responded to Berm Road near U.S. 522 at 6:48 p.m. after he was alerted by Hancock firefighters. Also responding were Hancock Police, a Maryland park ranger and the C&O Canal police. A passer-by saw the fire and called authorities. Damage was estimated at about $500.
NEWS
October 10, 2008
SHARPSBURG -- A 15-year boy suffered second-degree burns to his lower legs Thursday in a fire in the 3000 block of Limekiln Road, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The boy was playing with gasoline that had been poured on the ground around 6 p.m. when the fire began, the release stated. The boy was taken to Washington County Hospital and transferred to a burn center, according to the release. Units from Potomac Valley and Sharpsburg fire departments responded.
NEWS
January 1, 2012
No one injured in bedroom fire HALFWAY - A bedroom fire displaced a family of three from their Halfway Manor apartment Sunday off Virginia Avenue, according to Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway Chief Nick “Spiffy” Dattilio. Dispatched at 1:43 p.m., the fire caused damage on the second floor, and smoke and water damage on the first floor, Dattilio said. No one was injured. The fire was being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office, Dattilio said.
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September 9, 2013
A suspicious package that was found over the weekend on the front porch of a home near Hagerstown turned out to be harmless, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The package was discovered shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday by an occupant of a home in the 18500 block of Manassas Drive, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Authorities said the package was X-rayed and determined to be nonexplosive.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
A Sunday morning fire that damaged the Smithsburg Auto Parts store on West Water Street in Smithsburg was intentionally set, authorities said Monday. Maryland State Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said investigators couldn't discuss how the fire was started. “We're not able to release any of the details” of the investigation, he said. The fire, which started in a second-floor office area of the building at 5 W. Water St., caused $10,000 in damages to the structure and $1,000 in damages to the contents, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 5, 2013
A fire that caused $1,000 in damage to a minivan Sunday morning on Sandy Hook Road in Knoxville was intentionally set, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. A passer-by reported the fire at 8:30 a.m. in the 18800 block of Sandy Hook Road, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. Authorities said the 2000 Dodge Caravan stopped burning by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation determined the fire started on the exterior of the vehicle, according to the release.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
No injuries were reported from a fire Sunday morning that damaged a storage area and office for Smithsburg Auto Parts, Smithsburg Fire Chief Chris Rohrer said. A Maryland State Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire at the 5 W. Water St. shop, which is near Town Square, Rohrer said. The fire was reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Approximately 45 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania responded to the fire, Rohrer said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 21, 2013
Halfway resident Bob Keplinger said he was in his basement Saturday night when he heard pounding on his front door. He needed to get something from upstairs anyway so he headed up the steps.  When he smelled smoke, he grabbed a fire extinguisher. Then he heard more banging, this time at his back door. When Keplinger stepped outside, he saw his two-car garage engulfed in flames, and he knew the small fire extinguisher was no match for the fire that would spread to the back of his house, he said.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
A fire that started in a carport Saturday night caused an estimated $150,000 in damages to a home in the 17300 block of Cloverleaf Road near Hagerstown, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Monday. The fire was discovered by a neighbor at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Authorities said they were investigating the origin of the fire, which caused an estimated $100,000 to the single-story structure and $50,000 to the contents.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2013
A Williamsport man who was charged with intentionally setting fire to a vacant two-story house Wednesday on North Artizan Street in Williamsport was charged in 2012 with wielding a knife and threatening to burn down Hagerstown, according to police and prosecutors. Daniel Alfred Lavasseur, 57, of 49 N. Potomac St., Apt. 2 in Williamsport, was charged in Wednesday's fire with one count each of second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $500, according to court documents.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office investigate vehicle fire SMITHSBURG - The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an early-morning vehicle fire Thursday that caused $15,000 worth of damage to a stolen 2003 Mercedes sport utility vehicle, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. The vehicle, owned by Ricki La Kishsa Barnes, was reported stolen out of Prince George's County, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said. Authorities got the call for the fire at 5:47 a.m. after it was discovered by a passer-by along Jefferson Boulevard east of Hagerstown, Ernst said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
A Funkstown man has been charged by Maryland and Hagerstown fire officials with posing as a fire marshal after allegedly pretending to conduct safety inspections at five Washington County businesses. Johnathan Theodore Stahley, 22, of 102 E. Baltimore St., was charged by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office with four counts of personation: member of an emergency squad, according to the statement of charges obtained Tuesday from Washington County District Court. The State Fire Marshal's Office also charged Stahley with one count of theft of $1,000 to $10,000.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
A fire caused $200 in damages Saturday to a one-story log house that was under construction on Old Forge Road near Smithsburg, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire was discovered by the Smithsburg deputy fire chief at 10:36 p.m. in the 22000 block of Old Forge Road, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Authorities said the fire started accidentally when rags used to stain logs spontaneously combusted. The fire was out when firefighters arrived.
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