Cumberland Times-News

January 22, 2013

Fire destroys home off Route 51

Investigators continue to probe three other blazes

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Volunteer firefighters from various departments responded to a fire that broke out in a Dennis Road residence at mid-afternoon Tuesday.

Firefighters were initially alerted to respond to 16800 Dennis Road for a flue fire a short time before alerts for the location were upgraded by the Allegany County 911 center to a “working” house fire.

The location is off state Route 51 in the Nine Mile Hill area, according to the emergency center.

Preliminary reports from the scene indicated the structure was consumed by the fire.

American Red Cross, State Highway Administration and Allegany County Fire Police were also alerted to respond to the incident.

The fire on Dennis Road was the fourth fire in three days in Allegany and Garrett counties.

Tuesday, state fire investigators continued to seek information concerning a fire that damaged a vacant Moores Hollow Road residence Sunday night and an early Monday fire that destroyed an unoccupied residence on East Roberts Street in South Cumberland.

The 10:42 p.m. incident at 12216 Moores Hollow Road began in an interior rear area of the vacant one-story structure, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman.

The fire caused a loss of $5,000 to the dwelling and was discovered by a neighbor.

Thirty-five firefighters from numerous companies in Allegany and Mineral counties responded and took 20 minutes to control the blaze.

At 106 E. Roberts St. in the city, fire was discovered by a neighbor at about 3:15 a.m. Monday.

The property owned by Steven Robertson was damaged by a fire in May 2011 and had not been occupied since that time.

An estimated $10,000 in damages resulted from Monday’s blaze that originated in the first floor of the two-story dwelling.

In Garrett County, the fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of an early Saturday fire at 6645 Maryland Highway near Deer Park.

The 4:15 a.m. fire at the Joe Ingram property caused a loss estimated at $175,000 to the structure and $30,000 to its contents.

The fire originated on the first floor and was discovered by a passerby.

Thirty volunteer firefighters from various companies took 45 minutes to control the fire.

Anyone with information concerning any of the incidents may call the fire marshal’s office at 301-766-3888.

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