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New Windsor house fire under investigation

A Sunday afternoon fire in the 2000 block of Dr. Stitely Road in New Windsor is under investigation.

No injuries were reported though damage to the three-story, wood-framed, single-family home is estimated to be $300,000, according to a notice of investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. One individual was displaced and is currently being assisted by Red Cross.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation according to the notice. The fire originated in the interior and was discovered by the homeowners.

The New Windsor Fire Department was the primary responding unit for a call that came in at 2:56 p.m. It took about three hours to bring the blaze under control. Approximately 40 firefighters were at the scene.

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Byron Welker, chief of the New Windsor fire department, told the Times that the fire department relied on an underground tank with 30,000 gallons of water and nearby stream, Sam’s Creek, to contain the fire as no fire hydrants were in the area. The tank was replenished afterward in the case of future emergencies.

Fire crews respond to the scene of a fire in the 2000 block of Dr. Stitely Road near New Windsor, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.
Fire crews respond to the scene of a fire in the 2000 block of Dr. Stitely Road near New Windsor, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (Carroll Fire Wire)

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