Family displaced by Taneytown house fire

Eric Turfle and his wife, Erin, along with their two young children moved into their home on Babylon Road in Taneytown in September after months of work to restore the old two-story farmhouse.

Turfle's father, Bryon, said restoring the farmhouse, which dates back to 1902, was a family project that "turned out better than we thought."

The family hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's dinners at the house in recent months, he said.

On Friday, Turfle received a call that the house he had put about $30,000 into to restore was on fire.

The house was completely destroyed in a Friday afternoon blaze that took 75 firefighters about an hour to contain, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

The cause and origin of the two-alarm fire is still under investigation, fire officials said.

"It sucks," Turfle said matter-of-factly as he looked at what remained of his home continue to slowly burn Friday night.

The fire, reported at 1:44 p.m., was discovered by a neighbor and caused about $275,000 in damages, according to the fire marshal.

There were no injuries reported.

Bryon Turfle said the family was still in shock just hours after the fire, but the main thing is that no one was home.

"The house can be replaced, but they can't be," he said.

Turfle and his wife bought the 11-acre property in February and "couldn't wait to move in" during the restoration process, according to Turfle's father.

"I couldn't believe it when [Eric] called me," he said of the fire.

The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact 443-271-7160.

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