about 9:20 p.m. Monday, reported Chief Tim Poore of Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton, which served as the on-scene command unit.
“There was heavy fire in the basement and on the first floor, and there was fire through the roof in the back of the house,” Poore said, recalling the scene when volunteer firefighters arrived.
Firefighters with volunteer fire companies in North East and Charlestown responded along with Singerly, he said. Because there was a need for more tankers, Poore added, volunteer fire companies in Perryville, Rising Sun and Oxford, Pa., were then dispatched, putting a total of six tankers at the scene.
Approximately 50 volunteer firefighters battled the blaze, according to Poore. An attached back deck collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze, but it “did not affect the operation,” he noted.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office reported that it took firefighters approximately three hours to bring the blaze under control.
Firefighters remained at the scene until about 2 a.m., conducting checks to prevent rekindling, Poore reported.