Fire causes heavy damage to Conowingo home
CONOWINGO — Fire ripped through a house in Conowingo early Friday morning, causing heavy damage, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
As of Friday afternoon, investigators still were trying to determine what caused the blaze in the unit block of Frist Road, fire officials said. A neighbor called 911 about 12:30 a.m. after noticing flames coming from the home, which was unoccupied at the time, fire officials added.
Approximately 40 volunteer firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour, before bringing it under control, fire officials reported. Fire officials listed the Water Witch Volunteer Fire Co. of Port Deposit as the “primary responding fire department.”
The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in structural damage while destroying about $10,000 in property inside the home, which, according to fire officials, is owned by Valerie J. Bigley, who was not displaced.
“They were not living there full-time. This was a secondary home,” explained Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard F. Ewing, lead investigator.
Fire detectives determined that the blaze started on the exterior right side of the house, but, as of Friday afternoon, the cause of the blaze remained under investigation.
Anyone with information that might help in this fire investigation is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-8364844.