House on country road destroyed by fire
LEONARDTOWN, MD. — A fire roared through a home located on a country road far from fire stations in St. Mary’s County on Dec. 17th; completely consuming the structure.
The fire took place at a time when no one was home and little traffic passing nearby the remote location about 8 miles from the nearest firehouse.
By the time, it was discovered by a passerby and called 911.
The house was on the ground by the time firefighters arrived.
There was little the 36 firefighters from three volunteer fire departments could do upon arrival about 10:05 am except to put out the burning embers.
Maryland State Deputy Fire Marshal Caryn McMahon reports that the fire in the home of Howard and Dea Hawks consumed the house in the entirety, with damage and loss totaling $250,000 to the one-story rambler and contents. Only left standing for the family was their garage and outbuildings.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, reports the fire marshal. The fire is believed to have started in the laundry room.
Responding to the fire were firefighters from Bay District, Second District in Valley Lee, Seventh District in Avenue and Solomon’s assisted Leonardtown VFD.
The family is now without a home on Breton Beach Road in Leonardtown.
Four escape fire; no working smoke alarm
WESTMINSTER, MD. – Fire ripped through a home located at 2814 Bird View Road in Westminster in Carroll County on Dec. 11, 2014 and left four people uninjured and homeless, according to Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshall Bruce Bouch.
Thirty firefighters from Gamber VFD controlled the blaze in about forty minutes. The damage was set at $60,000, and no working smoke detector was present, say officials.
The fire is believed to have started from a bathroom exhaust fan in the first-floor bathroom.