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July 15, 2013

Massachusetts Avenue blaze caused $60,000 damage to residence

Loss of contents set at $30,000 as city fire marshal searches debris for cause, point of origin

— CUMBERLAND — The early Sunday fire at 223 Massachusetts Ave. caused $60,000 structural damage to the home of the Darrell Lee Powell family, according to Cumberland Fire Marshal Lt. Shannon Adams.

The home was not occupied at the time of the 4:30 a.m. blaze.

Damage to the home’s contents was estimated at $30,000, said Adams, who continues to investigate cause and point of origin. At mid-afternoon Monday, Adams said he had found nothing causing him to be suspicious about the cause of the blaze.

“I’m still trying to get through some of the debris to look at everything,” he said by cell phone.

“First-arriving units found heavy fire throughout the first floor of the house extending up into the second floor and roof area,” Adams said in a press release earlier Monday. “Crews searched the house for occupants as extinguishment took place to later reveal that no one was home at the time of the fire.”

Capt. Chris Ratliff directed fire operations that involved 25 firefighters. Volunteers from Bowling Green and Ridgeley, W.Va., assisted the Cumberland Fire Department. Responders from Cresaptown and Corriganville stood by at CFD headquarters and off-duty city firefighters manned reserve equipment there.

There were no injuries. The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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