Garage fire de­stroys house

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KINGSTOWN — A garage fire de­stroyed a one-story, wood-frame house at 300 Riverview Road Thurs­day evening, July 27.

The alarm went out at 5:43 p.m. Ch­ester­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment ar­rived to find Brian and Carolyn Thompson’s house show­ing heavy fire, which had spread from the at­tached garage, and took com­mand.

Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment pro­vided an ad­di­tional wa­ter supply line and as­sisted with fire at­tack, ad­ding ad­di­tional hand lines, of­fi­cials said. More de­part­ments re­sponded, pro­vid­ing a tanker tank force for wa­ter.

It took 40 fire­fight­ers about 15 min­utes to con­trol the blaze, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice. Fire­fight­ers re­mained on the scene work­ing for about two hours.

The fire, which started in the garage, was ruled ac­ci­den­tal. A lawn­mower ig­nited com­bustible re­cy­clables next to the garage door, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said. The home­owner dis­cov­ered the fire. A smoke alarm

was present and ac­ti­vated,

of­fi­cials re­ported.

Dam­age to the struc­ture was es­ti­mated at $100,000, while dam­age to con­tents was placed at $20,000.

No in­juries were re­ported.


Fire­fight­ers ar­rived at this house on Riverview Road in Kingstown Thurs­day evening, July 27, to find heavy fire show­ing.

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