CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Broadneck * Crownsville * Millersville

July 26, 1993

One-alarm fire destroys home in Crownsville

County fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a blaze that burned down a Crownsville home early Friday, causing nearly $200,000 in damage.

The one-alarm fire broke out minutes before 3 a.m. in a two-story house in the 700 block of Oser Drive.

Fire department spokesman Capt. Gary Sheckells said the home was fully engulfed when the first firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time. The fire was called in by a neighbor, the spokesman said.

The home was owned by Thelma Lucy Varonick, but Captain Sheckells said he did not know if others lived in the house.

It took firefighters one hour to bring the blaze under control, but nothing could be saved, the captain said.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries when he was burned on the ears and shoulders.

His name was not available Saturday, but Captain Sheckells said he was treated and released from Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade.

Captain Sheckells said the cause of the fire, which started in the second-floor bedroom, is under investigation.

He said authorities were waiting to talk to the owner.

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