Log house damaged in blaze

March 15, 1994

A vacant old log house in Westminster was extensively damaged in a two-alarm blaze that erupted about 9 p.m. Friday, fire officials reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal, said Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Bill Wantz.

One firefighter suffered burns of the ears battling the blaze that was brought under control in about 45 minutes but required about 3 1/2 hours to completely extinguish, the chief said.

The firefighter, who was not identified, was treated at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.

Units from Pleasant Valley, Taneytown, Westminster and Littlestown of Adams County, Pa., responded to the 8:52 p.m. blaze.

Chief Wantz said about 50 firefighters fought the fire in the two-story house on Flickinger Road, northwest of Pleasant Valley, that has been vacant since August 1993 when the owner was transferred by his employer.

Firefighters were hampered by snow that remained in the driveway and around the building, he said.

The damage estimate is between $40,000 and $50,000, according to Chief Wantz.


* Westminster: A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue told city police someone broke a window of her vehicle while it was parked near the house Sunday. She estimated the loss at $200.

A Manchester man told city police someone entered his vehicle and stole several items, while it was parked on a lot at Distillery Drive Saturday. He estimated the loss at $125.

An employee of Sheetz market on East Main Street told city police someone stole three money orders from the store Friday. She estimated the loss at $432.50.


* Reese: Reese and Gamber assisted Baltimore County at a house fire on Route 140 at 6:51 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 23 minutes.

* Westminster: Firefighters investigated two open 911 telephone lines within 25 minutes Sunday. The first call was received at 10:13 a.m. for a house in the 800 block of Winchester Drive and the crew was out for five minutes. The second call was to a house in the 1100 block of Old Manchester Road at 10:38 a.m. and kept the units out for 11 minutes.

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