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Water Heater Malfunction Found To Cause Clear Spring Fire

May 31st, 2016 by WCBC Radio


Date: May 30, 2016 

Time: 7:37 am 

Location / Address:  11747 Cedar Ridge Road, Clear Spring, Washington County 

Type of Incident:  structure fire

Description of Structure / Property:  one-story single-family dwelling

Owner / Occupants: Daniel Statler 

Injuries or Deaths: none 

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

Smoke Alarm Status: none present 

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  not required

Arrests(s):  none

Primary Responding Fire Department: Clear Spring 

# of Alarms: 1    # Of Firefighters:  40

Time to Control: 15 minutes

Discovered By:  owner

Area of Origin: basement  

Preliminary Cause: accidental – malfunction in electric water heater

Additional Information:  Occupant was displaced and is being assisted by family members.

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