Fire destroys garage

Smoldering ruins are all that remain of a detached two-car garage in Queen Anne after a fire early Monday, Jan. 13.

QUEEN ANNE — A fire destroyed a garage and nearby out building in Queen Anne early Monday, Jan. 13.

A neighbor spotted the blaze at 509 Fox Meadow Road and called 911 at 4:26 a.m., according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“It was a detached, two-car garage and a small side building — out building,” Queen Anne-Hillsboro Fire Chief Eric Voorhees said. “Both buildings were mostly engulfed when we got there.”

The fire started inside the garage, the fire marshal’s office reported. It spread to the small building next to the garage before firefighters arrived.

Queen Anne-Hillsboro, Cordova, Ridgely and Goodwill volunteer fire departments all responded.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to the residence, although the heat from the fire did melt part of the siding, Voorhees said.

Fox Meadow Road has no hydrants; water has to be supplied by tanker trucks. They had adequate water supplies, Voorhees said.

He estimated it took 25 firefighters about half an hour to control the fire using about 7,000 gallons of water.

No one was injured. The six occupants of the house had evacuated before the fire department arrived, Voorhees said.

The property is owned by Frank and Myrtle Bell; the fire marshal’s office estimated damages to the 30-by-20-foot garage at $30,000 with an additional $5,000 in damages to the contents. No smoke alarm or sprinkler system was present.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

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