Fire destroys home north of Mount Airy

January 10, 1995

Firefighters from three Carroll companies assisted Frederick County units for five hours yesterday at a blaze that destroyed a home north of Mount Airy.

Equipment from Mount Airy, Winfield and Union Bridge responded to the fire in the 7700 block of Talbot Run Road at 9:36 a.m. Libertytown Fire Chief Martin Fuller said the blaze destroyed the large structure, which officials valued at about $80,000.

Chief Fuller said the fire started in the rear of the building and the cause is under investigation. Arson is not believed to be the cause.

The only occupant home at the time of the blaze told firefighters she saw smoke coming from vents and called 911. No one was injured.

Chief Fuller called the blaze "a firefighter's nightmare" because of the type of structure. He said the owners built a house around and above a metal mobile home, adding five rooms in the construction.

He said the blaze took about two hours to bring under control because of the many rooms and the way the house was built.

"The fire worked its way up to the point of the A-frame structure over the original mobile and was difficult to fight," the chief said.

Forty firefighters and 10 pieces of equipment from Carroll and Frederick counties remained at the site of the blaze from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Water was brought to the blaze in tank trucks from a source about a half-mile away.

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* Mount Airy: Mount Airy responded to help Frederick County investigate a fire alarm sounding in a building on Kumpton Road at 8:02 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 30 minutes.

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