Blaze de­stroys Elkton town­house

OBIT­U­ARY POL­ICY

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMILTON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A blaze de­stroyed a home in Elkton on Thurs­day night, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

One of the oc­cu­pants, Kath­leen M. Pot­ter, called 911 shortly be­fore 6 p.m. af­ter hear­ing the smoke alarm and then dis­cov­er­ing fire in the liv­ing room of the town­house in the 100 block of Hunts­man Drive, re­ported Sr. Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Oliver Alkire, an agency spokesman.

Pot­ter was able es­cape safely with her sis­ter’s three grand­chil­dren, two of whom are 6 years old, the other 8, Alkire said. Pot­ter’s sis­ter, Melissa A. Hall, owns the town­house and was liv­ing there, too, he added.

“They lost ev­ery­thing,” said Alkire, who re­ported that the blaze caused ap­prox­i­mately $65,000 in struc­tural dam­age to the two-story town­house, which is the mid­dle unit in a row of town­houses, and it de­stroyed an es­ti­mated $20,000 of prop­erty in­side the struc­ture.

Rel­a­tives are as­sist­ing the fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to Alkire. Hall owns another town­house in that area, he noted.

Ap­prox­i­mately 45 fire­fight­ers with area vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Singerly Vol­un­teer Fire Co. of Elkton, the pri­mary re­spon­der, bat­tled the blaze for about 30 min­utes be­fore bring­ing it un­der con­trol, he re­ported.

Fire de­tec­tives de­ter­mined that the blaze started in the liv­ing room but, as of Fri­day, the cause re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to Alkire.

“There were no signs of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity,” com­mented Alkire, who, along with his spe­cially-trained scent dog, Kachina, as­sisted with the on-scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Howard F. Ewing is the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Alkire re­ported.

ELKTON

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMILTON

Fire gut­ted this Elkton town­house on Thurs­day night.

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