Smoking blamed in Chester house fire
CHESTER — Improperly discarded smoking materials were determined the cause of a Sunday evening structure fire in Chester that began in an exterior garage and spread to the home, a Mar yland Fire Marshal’s report states.
At 6:21 p.m. Oct. 8, members of the Kent Island, United Communities, Grasonville and Queenstown volunteer fire departments, as well as Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services, responded to 115 Golt Road for a reported structure fire.
The homeowner, Christopher Lewis, reported the incident after his 5-year-old daughter observed the fire while looking out a window, the report stated.
The one-alarm fire, which caused $50,000 in structural damage and $15,000 in content damage at the one-story, woodframe, single-family home, took 30 firefighters about 15 minutes to control, the fire marshal’s office reported.
Though the home was occupied at the time of the fire, family members were able to get out. No injuries were reported.
A Chester home was damaged after smoking materials were improperly disposed of Sunday evening and caught fire to the exterior garage and then the home, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO