Crownsville house fire kills 2 dogs

April 18, 1994

A fire that swept through a Crownsville home Saturday night caused an estimated $375,000 in damage and killed two dogs, fire officials say.

Lt. Robert Kornmann, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters responded to the home of Dwain and Theresa Kinsinger in the 800 block of Coachway Drive in the Downs section of Crownsville at 9:26 p.m. Saturday.

He said when the first engines arrived 11 minutes later, crews reported that 75 percent of the two-story wood-frame house was burning. The fire was brought under control about two hours later, but not before the house had been destroyed, he said.

He said 10 engines, three tanker trucks and 45 firefighters were needed to extinguish the blaze. He said a fire boat also was called to help pump water from the Severn River because the community is not served by fire hydrants.

He said that the owners and their two children were not at home at the time of the fire, but that the family's two dogs had died.

He estimated that the waterfront community home was worth $250,000 and its contents another $125,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Plans for Kinder Park to be studied Wednesday

The county Department of Recreation and Parks will present the proposed development plan for Kinder Park at the Millersville/Severn Run Federation meeting Wednesday.

A citizens committee, Recreation and Parks and the landscape architecture firm, Human and Rhode, have been working since October to update the park's master plan. The updated plan includes more athletic fields, an agricultural museum, trails, a playground, an amphitheater, picnic pavilions and community garden plots. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Andrews Swim and Tennis Club, 490 Yorkshire Drive in Severna Park. Information: 222-3527.

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