Rising Sun, Md. – Crews from the Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Company responded to Dogwood Lane early this morning, August 14, 2017, at approximately 1:40 am, for reports of a home on fire.
The incident began as the home owners awoke to smoke and the smoke alarms sounding. They were able to escape with their (3) daughters, ages – 18, 16, 12. The father made an attempt to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, however the fire rapidly spread beyond his control, according to authorities.
The fire spread upwards to the garage and into the attic of the home. The home owner was able to move multiple vehicles including a boat from his driveway prior to the arrival of the fire department, however a 1966 Dodge Charger was located in the garage and was destroyed as a result of the fire.
Arriving units found the house with heavy fire showing. Command subsequently called for a second alarm, this brought the total number of firefighters to 50. Crews fought the blaze for approximately 30 minutes before they were able to bring it under control.
Investigators consider the home a complete loss. Damage to the structure is estimated at $320,000.00 and the contents another $250,000.00.
The fire is believed to have originated on the rear deck, according to authorities.
The family is being assisted by Red Cross and family.
Image Credits: Maryland State Fire Marshal