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Second Street Fire Ruled Accidental

April 8th, 2020 by WCBC Radio


The blaze was reported at 12 East Second Street at 1:28 PM, and brought 38 Cumberland firefighters and volunteers from Allegany and Mineral Counties to the scene.

All told, the structure sustained $57,000 in damage, while the contents received $10,000.

The cause of the blaze has been ruled as accidental, starting in the living room while the occupant was not at home.

The building is owned by Phillip Weser and occupied by Janelle Keating.

The Red Cross is assisting.




Date:  04/08/2020

Time: 1:28 p.m.

Location / Address:  12.E. Second Street, Cumberland, Allegany County 

Type of Incident: Dwelling Fire 

Description of Structure / Property: Two-story, duplex

Owner / Occupants: Phillip Weser (Owner)    Janelle Keating (Occupant) 

Injuries or Deaths: None reported 

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $57,000.00   Contents: $10,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: Not present 

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Not present 

Arrests(s): N/A

Primary Responding Fire Department: Cumberland Fire Department 

# of Alarms: 1  # Of Firefighters: 38

Time to Control: 10 minutes 

Discovered By: Neighbor 

Area of Origin: Living room 

Preliminary Cause: Accidental – due to smoking materials 

Additional Information: The occupant was not home at the time of the fire. Red Cross is assisting 

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