Cumberland Times-News

October 27, 2013

Seymour Street residence damaged by fire

Second blaze at South End home in week

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — City and state fire investigators atte­mpted late Sunday afternoon to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a Seymour Street residence earlier in the day.

It was about 2:40 p.m. when a neighbor of 422 Seymour notified the Allegany County 911 emergency center to the fire — the second fire incident at the same location since Oct. 21 when fire broke out in the attic of the two-story property.

Sunday’s fire originated in a living room and fire damage was confined to that area. Smoke damage was reported throughout the structure owned by David Swisher.

First units at the scene reported a working fire, prompting alert of Ridgeley, Bowling Green and Wiley Ford volunteer fire departments. However, the volunteer companies were not needed at the scene and were directed to the Cumberland Fire Department’s central station to standby during the fire operation.

Thirteen city firefighters controlled the fire and units left the scene at about 4 p.m. In addition, seven off-duty city firefighters were called to standby at the central station during the firefighting operation.

No injuries were reported. An occupant was reportedly outside the residence with Cumberland Police when city firefighters arrived.

The cause of the fire was being investigated by Cumberland fire Lt. W. Shannon Adams, who is the city fire marshal, with the assistance of Deputy State Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.