State Fire Marshals Investigate Three Fires

SOUTHERN MARYLAND (Jan. 22, 2009)—The State Fire Marshals office recently reported the results of three fire investigations.

LUSBY POLE BARN: On Jan. 18 around 6:41 a.m., 15 firefighters from Solomon's VFD took 10 minutes to control a fire in a 40' X 50' Pole Barn located at 11160 Homeport Court, Lusby, Calvert County. The fire was determined to be accidental. A camp fire used the previous night rekindled. The barn is considered a total loss. A passerby discovered the fire.

MECHANICSVILLE HOME, MOTOR HOME FIRE: On Jan. 17 around 12:21 p.m., 20 firefighters from Mechanicsville and Hughesville VFDs took approximately 10 minutes to control a fire at 28310 Flora Porter Road, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County. The fire was located in a 40' motor home and a two story wood framed home. Fire Marshals determined the cause of the fire was arson. Person(s) set fire to the exterior of the motor home and placed an ignitable liquid in the home in an attempt to burn it as well. The home was under construction at the time of the fire and was unoccupied. The fire inside the home burned itself out resulting in minimal damage. The fire was discovered by a family member. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529 or the State Fire Marshal Prince Frederick office at 443-550-6820.

HOUSE TRAILER FIRE: On Jan. 16 around 3:45 p.m., 40 firefighters from Marbury, La Plata, Bel Alton, Nanjemoy, Bryans Road, Potomac Heights fire departments took approximately one hour to control a fire at Goose Bay Marina, 9365 Goose Bay Lane, Welcome, Charles County. A 40' X 10' 5th Wheel house trailer burned. The fire started in an interior living room and was discovered by a marina employee. The fire spread from the original trailer to six other adjacent trailers due to high winds. One resident was displaced from his home by the fire and is being assisted by friends. The other trailers involved were not occupied at the time and were used for recreation, thus no one else was displaced. Damages to all of the properties involved are estimated at $300,000.

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