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Fire Leaves Finzel Family Homeless

December 30th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

According to the Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department, a Finzel area family was left homeless early Wednesday when fire destroyed a residence in the 2000 block of Pocahontas Road.  No one was injured in the fire that was reported to the Garrett County 911 emergency center at 12:02 a.m., prompting alert of numerous volunteer fire departments from Garrett and Allegany counties and nearby Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The Cumberland Times News reports that in addition to sub-freezing temperatures, the firefighters encountered difficulty accessing the scene. The occupants, whose names were not immediately available, were all out of the single-story structure when firefighters arrived. They were reportedly being assisted by family members. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.  

About 70 volunteer firefighters responded to the scene that included companies from Frostburg, Shaft, Salisbury, Meyersdale, Wellersburg, Midland, Mount Savage, Grantsville, Bittinger and Barton, in addition to the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services with units from its Frostburg location.

Units were on the scene for five hours, including response to a rekindle that occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

The Garrett County Roads Department also responded to the scene to treat icy surfaces in the area of the incident.