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Two Seriously Burned On Knobley View Ave In Garage Fire

June 28th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Two Cumberland area men suffered serious burns this afternoon after a vehicle they were working on leaked fuel and ignited, injuring both.

     Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Company and surrounding fire departments responded to 12828 Knobley View Avenue at 10:38 AM for a reported garage fire. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a two-story, detached garage to the rear of the home on fire with burn injuries to two adults.

     Deputy State Fire Marshals determined Benny Smith (68) and Craig Faith (48) were working on a vintage Army pick-up when gasoline from the fuel pump leaked and ignited after coming into contact with a hot halogen lamp. Both men instantly became engulfed in flames however were able to extinguish themselves prior the arrival of the fire department.  Both men along with neighbors attempted to extinguish the fire with the use of four portable fire extinguishers. Smith and Faith sustained 1st and 2nd degree burns to their head, face and upper extremities and were transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulance.  Both were later transported to John Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore by commercial helicopter.

     The garage owned by Smith contained several antique and vintage vehicles including a Ford Model A. While an exact loss has not been determined, preliminary estimates are approximately $175,000.00. Smith and Faith are currently listed in critical but stable condition

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