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Saturday LaVale Fire Displaces Eight, Pets Perish

August 20th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office says that eight people were displaced, and several pets perished, in a Saturday night fire at a home on Kansas Avenue in LaVale.

The blaze did $100,000 damage to the James and Nancy Whisner home,  The fire originated on the front porch, but investigators have not found the cause yet.  

Fifty local firefighters responded and had the flames doused in short order. 

 

Date:  8/18/18

Time:  9:03 p.m.

Location / Address:  11215 Kansas Avenue, Cumberland, Allegany County

Type of Incident:  structure fire

Description of Structure / Property:  two-story single-family wood frame dwelling

Owner / Occupants:  James and Nancy Whisner

Injuries or Deaths:  none

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $75,000   Contents: $25,000

Smoke Alarm Status:  present, unknown if activated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  not required

Arrests(s):  none

Primary Responding Fire Department:  LaVale

# of Alarms:  1  # Of Firefighters:  50

Time to Control:  10 minutes

Discovered By: neighbor

Area of Origin:  front porch

Preliminary Cause: under investigation

Additional Information:  The owners and six other family member occupants were assisted by the Red Cross.  Several pets perished in the fire.  

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