Fire destroys house in Shirley Manor Explosion rips through garage

November 10, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Shirley Manor family escaped injury last night when an explosion ripped through their garage and destroyed most of their one-story home, fire officials said.

A resident identified as Peter Goodman, who was in the garage when the explosion occurred, and his family escaped the two-alarm blaze unharmed. The only casualty in the blaze was one of the family's two parrots, which apparently died of smoke inhalation.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it seems fairly apparent that it started in the garage," said Lt. Tom Brothers of the Reese Fire Department. "No one was hurt, but a bird was found inside."

A man who identified himself as close to the Goodman family said Mr. Goodman was in the garage working when a space heater exploded.

"It's lucky they got out of there," said the man, who asked not to be named. "Everyone was in there."

Mr. Goodman and his family -- his wife, teen-age daughter and her grandmother -- were taken from the house in the 1900 block of Suffolk Road and treated by medics on the scene. No one was transported to the hospital, Lieutenant Brothers said.

About 50 spectators gathered to watch the fire crews pull siding from the house and search through the rubble and debris.

"The monitor said there was an explosion that went through the house," said Nancy Reter, who was listening to the fire dispatcher at her home near the Reese firehouse.

A charred frame of a car sat in the garage and the roof of red pickup truck in the driveway had been singed by the flames.

Firefighters from Gamber, Westminster, Reese and Baltimore County, along with the Winfield fire company's air unit, fought the two-alarm blaze, which started shortly after 7:30 p.m.

County emergency officials said 10 pieces of equipment were at the scene.

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