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LaVale Fire ruled Accidental

October 7th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

An early evening fire on Vocke Road has been ruled accidenta. The Maryland State Fire Marshal has issued a report: 


Date: October 6, 2022

Time: 5:57 PM

Location / Address:  1206 Vocke Road, LaVale, Allegany County MD

Type of Incident: Structure Fire

Description of Structure / Property: Single story, block framed, residential three bay garage        

Owners: Eric Broadwater       

Injuries or Deaths: Two occupants inside the garage sustained  non-life threatening injuries, one with minor burns and one with smoke inhalation.  Transported to UPMC Western Maryland. 

Estimated $ LossStructure: $150,000  Contents: $100,000  

Smoke Alarm Status: Not Present/not required       

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Not present/not required

Arrests(s): N/A 

Primary Responding Fire Department: LaVale Volunteer Fire Department      

# of Alarms:  1  # Of Firefighters: 50

Time to Control: 30 minutes 

Discovered By: Owner         

Area of Origin: interior bay underneath a vehicle                    

Preliminary Cause: Accidental – hot metal ignited flammable liquid       

Additional Information: Three vehicles were parked inside the garage at the time of the fire, all of which were destroyed.