Cumberland Times-News

July 14, 2013

Fire seriously damages city home

Matthew Bieniek
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — An early morning fire severely damaged a home located at 223 South Massachusetts Ave. on Sunday.

The occupants were not at home and no injuries were reported, said Cumberland Fire Department Capt. Tim Growden.

“The house is uninhabitable,” Growden said.

The home was a single-family dwelling and a story and a half, Growden said.

No nearby homes were damaged.

While the fire is still under investigation, it did not appear to be suspicious, Growden said. The captain cautioned that the city fire marshal would probably issue a press release today.

Emergency dispatchers received several calls on the fire and the fire department was alerted at 4:37 a.m. for a working house fire, Growden said.

The home was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived.

It took an estimated half hour to 45 minutes for the fire to be brought under control.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 9:50 a.m., Growden said.

In addition to city firefighters, the Ridgeley fire department responded. The Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department transferred an engine to Cumberland and the Corriganville department transferred an ambulance to the city department.

Growden was not at the scene but provided the Times-News with details from the report.

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