3-alarm fire de­stroys house in Church Hill

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CHURCH HILL — A three­alarm fire in Church Hill took a hand­ful of fire com­pa­nies close to two hours to con­trol Mon­day night as storms swept through the re­gion, As­sis­tant Chief Steve Hur­lock with the Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany said.

The call came through dis­patch at 7:58 p.m., and first re­spon­ders ar­rived on the scene at 2104 Roberts Sta­tion Road, seven min­utes later, Hur­lock said. Church Hill, Sudlersville, Golds­boro and Good­will vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies, Hur­lock said, all re­sponded to the first alarm.

Ad­di­tional tankers were called in from Greens­boro,

Ch­ester­town and Rid­g­ley, as well as fire com­pa­nies filling in for those al­ready called to the three-story farm house fire. Tanker 9 from United Com­mu­ni­ties in Ro­man­coke also re­sponded.

Some peo­ple spec­u­lated the fire may have been caused by a light­ning strike, but the cause is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Hur­lock said in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice were on scene Mon­day and Tues­day.

No one was home at the old farm house at the time of the fire. Ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land De­part­ment of As­sess­ments and Tax­a­tion, the house is the pri­mary res­i­dence of own­ers Dar­lene and Michael Kuech­ler. It was built in 1913.

While fight­ing the fire, Hur­lock said por­tions of the first and sec­ond floors col­lapsed and fell to the base­ment, caus­ing dif­fi­cul­ties putting the blaze out. He said two fire­fight­ers fell through the floors and re­ceived injuries; one was re­moved quickly and taken to the Queen Anne’s Emer­gency Cen­ter to treat el­bow and knee injuries; the other stayed on scene.

Hur­lock said two other fire­fight­ers also sus­tained injuries, one from get­ting hit with the noz­zle of the fire hose and the other from a cut to the face, but both re­fused care and stayed on the scene.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Up­per Eastern Re­gional Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal at 410-822-7609.

PHOTO BY EASTERN SHORE BREAK­ING NEWS

A three-alarm fire took mul­ti­ple fire com­pa­nies al­most two hours to con­trol on Mon­day, June 19, in Church Hill.

PHOTO COURTESY ESBN

The fire mar­shal’s of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a fire that de­stroyed this farm house in Church Hill Mon­day.

PHOTO COURTESY ESBN

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a house fire on Roberts Sta­tion Road more than two hours Mon­day evening.

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