Fire of unknown origin forces three employees from office

November 24, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Three employees of an answering service were forced out of their office when a fire of unknown origin was discovered in the building in the 100 block of Lincoln Road about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.

The women told firefighters they smelled smoke in the building earlier, but thought it was a portable electric heater and turned the appliance off.

However, they continued to smell the smoke and called the fire department.

Equipment from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester was dispatched to the fire.

The first firefighters to arrive found the fire coming from under the aluminum siding of the two-story house.

They discovered the grass along the north side of the building had been burned and possibly ignited the wood under the siding. Firefighters called for the state fire marshal to investigate the cause. No cause had been determined by early yesterday evening.

Firefighters cut through the siding and quickly extinguished the fire.

The first floor of the building is used as the office for the Westminster Answering Service.

The three women, Linda Reed, Kim Schoonmaker and Laurie Thompson, escaped without injuries.

No one was home on the second floor of the building when the fire was discovered.

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