Fire causes heavy dam­age to Conowingo home

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & OBITUARIES - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­

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.

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