Fam­ily is dis­placed by stove fire

Ac­ci­den­tal blaze causes com­plete loss

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

A Me­chan­icsville area home of two adults and three chil­dren was de­stroyed Mon­day evening, the com­mu­nity’s fire chief said, by a fire on the kitchen stove.

No in­juries were re­ported from the blaze at the Wood­burn Hill Road ad­dress, ac­cord­ing to Mark Trow­bridge, chief of the Me­chan­icsville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. The re­sponse by about 40 fire­fight­ers to a 7:34 p.m. alarm also in­cluded crews from Hugh­esville, Bene­dict, 7th District, Bel Al­ton, Wal­dorf and Hol­ly­wood.

The bulk of the fire was

ex­tin­guished in about 30 min­utes, Trow­bridge said, but they re­mained on the scene un­til early Tues­day morn­ing.

“I would call it a 100 per­cent loss,” he said of the dam­age to the two-story res­i­dence. “When I pulled up, there was fire [com­ing] out from ev­ery side … and com­ing through the roof of the garage.”

Restau­rant dam­aged in kitchen blaze

Oily rags stored in a con­tainer spon­ta­neously ig­nited on Mon­day night in the kitchen of a restau­rant in Char­lotte Hall, the state fire mar­shal’s of­fice re­ports, re­sult­ing in $100,000 in dam­ages be­fore re­spond­ing fire­fight- ers doused the blaze.

Em­ploy­ees left the Steak in a Sack busi­ness af­ter a 3 p.m. clos­ing time “with­out is­sue,” ac­cord- ing to the agency’s no­tice of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, be­fore a passerby no­ticed smoke and fire in­side the front win­dows, and called 911.

About three-dozen vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers pri­mar­ily from Me­chan­icsville re­sponded to a 9:41 p.m. alarm and bat­tled the ac­ci­den­tal blaze for 25 min­utes to bring it un­der con­trol. The Me­chan­icsville fire chief said Tues­day that the fire was con­tained to the kitchen area.

Car owner charged with ar­son

A Me­chan­icsville man re­mained in jail this week await­ing a court hear­ing fol­low­ing his ar­rest on a charge of sec­ond-de­gree ar­son from a in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a car fire last June near Oakville.

Philip Jonathan Fen­wick, 58, also is charged with first-de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing and mak­ing a false claim of a mo­tor-ve­hi­cle theft to an in­sur­ance com­pany.

The 2011 Ford Fu­sion was found de­stroyed by fire on June 29 out­side a va­cant house along Med­ley’s Lane, af­ter it had been re­ported sto- len ear­lier that day to po­lice in La Plata, ac­cord­ing to court papers filed by deputy state fire mar­shal Bran­don Shep­perd.

Fen­wick told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he dis­cov­ered the car was miss­ing when he left a dis­count depart­ment store in La Plata on June 28, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the law of­fi­cer. In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­viewed surveil­lance cam­era video from the depart­ment store be­fore ob­tain­ing the charges against Fen­wick, who court papers state had been sent at least five re­pos­ses­sion no­tices from the Ford Mo­tor Credit Co.


De­bris and dam­age re­main af­ter a kitchen fire at a Char­lotte Hall restau­rant.


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