From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Fire of an unknown origin heavily damaged a residence on Mount Fairview Road late Saturday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The 11:46 a.m. fire at the Sol Cohen residence at 11801 Mount Fairview Road, S.E. prompted a 911 call after the blaze was discovered by a neighbor.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Deputy Fire Marshal K. Nieberlein of the fire marshal’s office.
One dog and three cats perished in the fire.
Damages were estimated at $25,000 to the single-story dwelling and $5,000 to its contents, according to the fire marshal’s office.
The house was reportedly equipped with smoke alarms.
Fifty volunteer firefighters responded, including Baltimore Pike, Bedford Road, District 16, LaVale, Ellerslie, Flintstone, Bowling Green, Mount Savage, Cresaptown and Orleans fire departments. Ridgeley and Wiley Ford volunteer fire departments stood by during the firefighting operation, according to the 911 center.
The American Red Cross provided emergency assistance. Potomac Edison personnel also responded to the scene located off Williams Road.