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Sunday Garrett County Blaze Does $100,000 Damage

September 16th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

MARYLAND STATE FIRE MARSHAL

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION

Date: September 14, 2019

Time:  1:25 pm

Location / Address:   1125 Hutton Road, Oakland, Garrett County

Type of Incident:  structure fire

Description of Structure / Property:  single-family ranch style home with attached two-bay garage

Owner / Occupants:  James McBee

Injuries or Deaths: none

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $70,000   Contents: $30,000

Smoke Alarm Status:  Present – did not activate due to dead batteries

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: not required

Arrests(s): none

Primary Responding Fire Department:  Oakland

# of Alarms:   1           # Of Firefighters:   25

Time to Control:  40 minutes

Discovered By:  occupant

Area of Origin:  basement

Preliminary Cause: accidental

Additional Information:  Tree cutting on adjacent property struck high tension electrical lines causing an overcurrent in to the McBee residence which ignited a fire.    Damage to basement was extensive with smoke and heat damage to remainder of home.  Occupants are displaced and being assisted by family.

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