Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

December 30, 1992

3 homeless as fire guts Manchester home

An early morning blaze gutted a two-story house along Old Fridinger Mill Road in Manchester yesterday, leaving three people homeless and causing more than $100,000 damage, the state fire marshal's office said.

The fire, which began in the basement of the wood-frame house, was reported at 7:41 a.m. by an occupant. James Slade was awakened by "popping, crackling sounds" from the basement, said Allen Ward, deputy chief state fire marshal.

The home's owner, Alice Slade -- James' mother -- and another occupant, Jacob Myers, were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, Mr. Ward said.

Companies from Manchester, Lineboro, Hampstead, Westminster and Pleasant Valley had the blaze under control within 45 minutes,Mr. Ward said. In all, about 55 firefighters were dispatched.

Mr. Ward called the fire accidental, but its cause was under investigation yesterday.

FIRE

* Valley Vista: Lineboro, Manchester and Hampstead responded to a house fire on Viewridge Circle at 9:43 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 48 minutes.

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