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February 28, 2014

Separate early morning fires; one ruled arson

LAVALE — Predawn fires Friday damaged an automobile in Westernport and a detached garage in Oakland, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

At 2:35 a.m., Potomac, Tri-Towns and Piedmont volunteer fire companies were dispatched to a fire in a 2007 Pontiac G6 owned by Anthony Serpone and parked at 338 Front St. in Westernport.

The fire was discovered by the owner.

It took firefighters five minutes to control the fire.

Damage was estimated at $5,000, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Nieberlein.

The cause of the fire was ruled as arson. There were multiple points of origin, according to investigators.

Anyone who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact the fire marshal’s office at 301-766-3888.

Shortly before 4 a.m., in Garrett County, 911 dispatchers alerted Oakland, Deer Park, Deep Creek, Gorman volunteer fire departments and Southern Garrett Rescue Squad to a fire in a detached garage at 461 Neck Lick Acres Road in Oakland, according to the fire marshal’s office.

The fire in a building owned by Leroy Bernard Jr. caused an estimated $40,000 loss to the structure and $30,000 to its contents.

Thirty volunteer firefighters took 15 minutes to control the fire that was determined to be accidental and originated in an interior electrical outlet, according to Nieberlein.

Smoke alarms activated when the fire occurred at about 3:56 a.m. The fire was discovered by the owner.

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