Western Md. fire kills 3 teens, causes $100,000 in damage

December 12, 2005|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER

Three Washington County teenagers died in a fire early yesterday that destroyed much of a nearly 200-year-old house in Western Maryland. The victims were at the home of a friend, said a spokesman for the fire marshal's office.

The names of the dead were withheld pending confirmation of their identities, said Joseph Zurola, a deputy state fire marshal. Autopsies are scheduled today.

Damage was estimated at $100,000. The house had smoke detectors, said Zurola.

The fire, reported at 5:15 a.m., began on the second floor of a stone house built in the late 1800s on Mount Hebron Road in Keedysville. An 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds died, said Zurola. "They never made it out of the bedroom," he said.

The homeowner, Maxwell Hope, 54, his son, 18, and a boy, 15, survived. The two teens were in the same room as the others when the fire started, Zurola said.

The survivors were treated at Washington County Hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

Zurola said 50 volunteer firefighters from Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Fairplay, Middletown and Rohrersville brought the fire under control in about 90 minutes.

richard.irwin@baltsun.com

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