Blaze destroys Elkton townhouse
— 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.
Fire gutted this Elkton townhouse on Thursday night.