SOUTHEAST Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

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

2-alarm blaze damages stone house in Sykesville

A two-story stone house was seriously damaged by a two-alarm fire that erupted in the basement of the Sykesville dwelling in the 7300 block of Oak Street at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

James Forester, 19, son of the owner, said, "I was listening to a tape in the family room at the rear of the first floor with my friend, Joe Street, and I apparently fell asleep.

"I heard a loud noise, and when I opened my eyes the room was full of smoke.

I went to my neighbors and called 911."

Firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, Liberty Road and West Friendship responded and confined most of the fire to the basement. Some flames burned within the walls to the first-floor level, damaging that area.

Sykesville Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hill said the firefighters' aggressive assault on the fire in the basement "saved the house." He said the second alarm was required because of the intense heat within the building.

When the first fire companies arrived, Mr. Hill said, smoke and flames were coming out of the basement door.

Jerry Jones, a county building inspector, said the smoke damage to the first floor and the fact that the electricity had to be cut off have made the dwelling unsafe.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank M. Rauschenberg, who is investigating the fire, said he was unable to determine the cause of the blaze but would continue the investigation.


*Sykesville: Firefighters investigated an alarm in a building on Courtland Drive at 7:06 a.m. Tuesday

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