Fire in Darlington damages home on Main Street

A two-story, wood frame home in Darlington was damaged by fire Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the blaze in the 1200 block of Main Street, just around the corner from the Darlington fire station; however, the Office of the State Fire Marshal later said a male occupant of the home was transported to a hospital after complaining of chest pains.

The attic and roof appeared to be severely damaged.

The fire was reported around by a passerby around 11:30 a.m. and drew 50 to 60 firefighters, Chief John Williamson of the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company said at the scene.

The one-alarm fire took about 15 to 18 minutes to get under control, Williamson said; however, the later notice of investigation from the fire marshal's office said it took 30 minutes to control the fire.

The fire marshal's notice of investigation said the cause was an accidental electrical malfunction and that the fire originated in the attic.

Damage to the house was estimated at $100,000, damage to contents at $25,000.

Volunteers from a several area fire companies, including Whiteford, Darlington, Bel Air, York County, Pa., Aberdeen, Delta-Cardiff, Susquehanna Hose of Havre de Grace and Water Witch and Rising Sun in Cecil County, were on the scene.

The house had working smoke detectors, according to the notice investigation.

The house is owned by Jerry and Dorothy Kirkwood, according to the notice of investigation, and was occupied by Richard and Jacquelyn Dickinson.

The male occupant was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air by a Darlington Fire Company ambulance. His condition was not available Tuesday evening.

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