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.
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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2013
Four more people have been arrested and charged in connection with a recent string of intentionally set fires in Washington and Frederick counties, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office announced Wednesday. Jacob Hess, 18, and Joshua Hess, 19, both of Clear Spring, as well as Sarah Couch, 18, and Brandy Sneider-Koontz, 19, both of Mercersburg, Pa., were being held at Washington County Detention Center on numerous arson-related charges, the fire marshal's office said in a news release.
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.
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.
January 25, 2008
SMITHSBURG - Firefighters from eight departments responded Friday night to a blaze at a farmhouse off Kiefer Funk Road near Bovey Lane, according to Washington County emergency dispatchers. Emergency officials said units were dispatched at 9:02 p.m., and there were no reports of injuries. Volunteer firefighters from Smithsburg, Mount Aetna, Funkstown, Boonsboro, Fairplay, Halfway and Leitersburg, along with personnel from Hagerstown Fire Department, Washington County's emergency air units, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office and Community Rescue Service responded, officials said.
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.