Restaurant damaged by small fire NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

April 26, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

About 20 customers at Fred's New Windsor Inn were sent scurrying yesterday by a brief fire that filled the kitchen with smoke but apparently did little damage.

About 60 firefighters and eight pieces of equipment from New Windsor, Westminster and Union Bridge were dispatched to the 3:10 p.m. blaze, which took about 20 minutes to bring under control, said Fire Lt. Dan Wolf.

Firefighters were out for more than two hours at the restaurant and lounge at 106 Main St. But fire officials said most of that time was spent cleaning up, and that they could not clear the scene before investigators arrived and approved their departure.

Frank Rauschenberg, a deputy state fire marshal, said he believed the origin of the blaze was electrical but said the precise cause still is under investigation.

Mr. Rauschenberg said the blaze caused structural damage to the interior walls in the kitchen and smoke damage in the kitchen, restaurant and lounge.

Owner Henry Fred Ross Jr., who lives above the restaurant, said customers and employees noticed smoke in the kitchen, but the actual fire "wasn't that big a deal. The biggest deal is to get open again."

Mr. Ross said he hopes to reopen tomorrow.

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