Fire damages Lineboro house teen-ager is hurt NORTH Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

November 05, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Lineboro teen-ager was taken to the Carroll County General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire that extensively damaged her 8-year-old home about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

Melissa Yingling, 17, of the 4700 block of Alesia Road, was home alone when she smelled smoke coming from the basement and filling the two-story dwelling.

She told firefighters she breathed in a lot of smoke before going outside.

Her father, Tim Yingling, who was at work in Timonium, said he received two calls from my neighbors "telling me of the fire. The first neighbor told me there was smoke coming from the house. The second neighbor called me about one minute later and said that flames were coming from the basement.

"I imagined the worst, because just eight years ago my house on that same lot was totally destroyed in a fire. The drive from work to my house usually takes about 30 minutes, but took less today," he said.

"I rebuilt on the same lot, but moved the house back from the road to meet the county specifications, and now another fire."

He said his younger daughter, Kelly, 15, was in school at the time but Melissa stayed home sick.

Firefighters from Lineboro, Manchester and Hampstead contained most of the blaze to the basement area, but fire extended to the first floor of the dwelling inside the walls.

Jerry Jones, a county building inspector, declared the dwelling "unsafe" until repairs are made. Water pipes in the basement melted and the sewer system has to be inspected ensure that no gases are escaping, he said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank M. Rauschenberg said wires along the ceiling of the basement in the building had been burned. He was unable to immediately determine the cause of the fire or estimate damage.

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