HVAC malfunction suspected in fire
CHESTERTOWN — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that caused significant damage to a Chestertown home the afternoon of Feb. 5.
The 12:56 p.m. fire at the one-story, single-family dwelling at 120 Fey Road is still under investigation, though deputy fire marshals believe the cause was accidental. Early investigations indicate an electrical or mechanical ventilation malfunction in the HVAC system was the cause, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Matt Stevens.
The housed, owned by Carl Elburn, sustained $250,000 in structural damages and $30,000 to content damages, the fire marshal’s report said.
It took 41 firefighters from the Church Hill, Chestertown, Crumpton, Goodwill, Sudlersville and Queenstown volunteer fire departments more than an hour to control. Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services also responded, said Church Hill VFC President Brett Vanzant.
The fire was discovered by the homeowners, and a smoke alarm was present and active. No one was injured during the fire.