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Barton garage fire ruled accidental

January 2nd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The State Fire Marshal has issued its findings from a fire in Barton last week:


Date: December 29, 2018

Time:   7:35 p.m.

Location / Address:  20111 Rock Oak Road, Barton, Allegany County MD

Type of Incident:   structure fire

Description of Structure / Property:   one-story wood frame residential garage

Owner / Occupants:   Greggory Garlitz

Injuries or Deaths: owner sustained minor burn and was treated and released on scene

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $25,000   Contents: $50,000

Smoke Alarm Status:  not required

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: no required

Arrests(s):  none

Primary Responding Fire Department: Barton Hose

# of Alarms:  1   # Of Firefighters: 45

Time to Control: 10 minutes

Discovered By:  owner

Area of Origin:   engine compartment of vehicle that was in the garage

Preliminary Cause:  accidental

Additional Information:    Fire was the result of gasoline vapors that ignited during vehicle repair work.  

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