Apartment, home fires displace three families

Red Cross aids victims of Union Bridge, Westminster blazes

November 15, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The American Red Cross is assisting three Carroll County families who were displaced in two fires yesterday morning, authorities said.

A two-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building on North Main Street in Union Bridge, displacing two families. The occupants, five adults and one child, escaped unharmed, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. by a motorist, authorities said. The loss was estimated at $50,000. Nine fire companies from Carroll and Frederick counties responded to the blaze.

The fire, which state fire marshals said began in the attic, destroyed the roof and extensively damaged the second floor.

A Carroll County building inspector condemned the building as uninhabitable.

Deputy Fire Marshal Sarina Hart said smoke detectors in the apartments did not activate because the fire and smoke were above them. The attic had no smoke alarms. Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire yesterday.

One firefighter from Libertytown, Frederick County, was treated for a shoulder injury at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster and released.

The other fire occurred about 9 a.m. yesterday at a home on Ratem Drive in Westminster. The fire was contained to a second-floor bedroom, but most of the house sustained smoke and heat damage, authorities said. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

A woman and her son were displaced, the state fire marshal's office said. No injuries were reported.

A Carroll County sheriff's deputy spotted the fire and called 911. The cause of the fire was an electrical device left on a vanity in the bedroom, fire marshals said.

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