Fire destroys farmhouse no one injured

October 03, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Firefighters spent five hours battling a two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Lothian farmhouse Wednesday, county fire officials said.

No one was injured in the fire at 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Barksdale Farm Road, but it took nearly 50 firefighters to control the flames. The cause of the fire, which started in the living room, is under investigation.

According to EMS/Fire/Rescue spokesman Capt. Allan Graves, neighbors in the rural area on Bayard Road called 911 after they saw smoke in the woods. Firefighters found a two-story wood-frame farmhouse owned by Anna G. Rauch engulfed in flames.

Wayne Antosh, who was renting the house, was not there when the fire started, Graves said.

Firefighters called for a second alarm shortly before 7 p.m., making a total of 10 fire engines, five tanker trucks, one fire truck and two squad engines responding. The fire was under control )) by 8 p.m., Graves said. The $50,000 house was declared a total loss. Graves did not have a value on the contents.

He said that after the blaze was under control, firefighters worked three more hours sifting through collapsed parts of the building and dousing smoldering embers.

Four men assaulted a Domino's deliveryman in Crofton Wednesday and robbed him of a $12 pizza, county police said.

Ather Chaudhry, 25, told police he was making a delivery to a home in the 1900 block of Cavalier Court about 5: 30 p.m. and found it vacant. As he was leaving, four men approached, and two of them began punching him in the face, he told police.

Chaudhry dropped the pizza, and two of the men snatched it and ran, police said. The other two searched Chaudhry's pockets, but did not find any money. Chaudhry suffered a cut on his lip and a bruise on his left temple, but was not hospitalized, police said.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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