Fire causes severe damage to 250-year-old house in Edgewater no one injured

Family dog believed dead

many antiques destroyed

December 29, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A three-alarm fire early yesterday severely damaged a 250-year-old Edgewater home, Anne Arundel County firefighters said.

The only occupant, the owner's son, escaped unharmed, neighbors said.

About 4: 30 a.m., a neighbor noticed a bright light coming from John H. Treaner's home in the 700 block of Hillmeade Road and realized it was a fire, witnesses said. The neighbor's wife called 911.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out of the second-floor windows and attic, said Battalion Chief John Scholz. The blaze was contained in about two hours, he said.

Scholz could not estimate the amount of damage to the former farmhouse but said firefighters saved some of the antiques that filled the home.

"After [the fire] was under control, our major concern was salvaging" the valuables, Scholz said.

Neighbors said many antiques were destroyed by fire or sustained water damage but firefighters rescued one of Treaner's prized possessions -- an antique clock.

They also said two cats and a dog escaped the flames, but the family's Chesapeake retriever was probably trapped in a bedroom and is presumed dead.

"The firemen were pulling everything out they could," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "But almost everything upstairs was ruined."

"The son said his dad would rather have lost the whole house than his dog," the neighbor said.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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