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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 08/ 9/2010

Grill started Frederick town house fire

By Washington Post editors


Investigators says a charcoal grill ignited the wooden deck of an Urbana town house, starting a fire that displaced five families and killed two cats and a dog.

Frederick County Chief Fire Marshal Marc McNeal said Monday that a firefighter was treated for heat-related illness while battling the blaze, which caused more than $1.5 million worth of damage Sunday night.

He says it's not clear whether the grill somehow overturned onto the wooden deck or if it was simply too close to the railing.

McNeal says a total of 18 people are displaced. He says three town homes are a total loss, a fourth sustained moderate exterior damage and a fifth lost power.

--Associated Press

Frederick fire displaces four families
8:50 a.m.

A town house fire in Urbana has displaced at least four families and killed several pets.

Frederick County Chief Fire Marshal Marc McNeal says officials received a call about a fire on the deck of a town house on Winthrop Lane about 10 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, but the blaze spread quickly to adjoining town houses.

At least four families were displaced by the fire, and firefighters say several animals died.

The fire was brought under control just before midnight. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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It just amazes me, I am shocked, I am lost for words that no one has blamed President Obama for this since he get blamed for any and every thing.

Posted by: justmyopinion49 | August 9, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If there had been decent quality fire walls in-between each of these townhouses, I find it hard to believe that the flames would have spread so quickly. Hope someone looks into that.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | August 9, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Last thing heard before the fire, " Hold my beer and watch this...."

Posted by: jeffreid1 | August 9, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about this particular fire, but if these townhouses are covered with vinyl siding and/or everyone has a wood deck, then the fire wall might not be enough to stop and external fire like this. It's sad about the pets and the homes but it is good to hear that all of the residents made it.

Posted by: augrim08052010 | August 9, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Guessing these are newer construction. As a result, they're likely constructed of large amounts of OSB board(containing glue/adhesives) that doesn't take much to get started burning.
Considering it takes them like 2 days to build newer homes its no shocker they burn like cardboard.
Thankfully doesn't mention any injuries.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 9, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually George W. Bush is to blame.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | August 9, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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