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Person, two pets escape house fire in Westminster

Roads were closed and multiple crews from Carroll County fire companies responded to a house fire in the 1300 block of Washington Road on Monday.

One occupant, who was the only person home at the time of the fire, escaped, along with a dog and a cat. Other pets are were still being searched for, said CCVESA Liaison Jamie Petry.

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The first call for service went out at 12:14 p.m., and crews responded to a one-alarm blaze in a single-family home, Petry said. Rapid Intervention Dispatch (RID), a crew that is assembled if firefighters may have to enter a dangerous environment, was called. It took some 30 firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

According to the preliminary investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire was a cracked flue pipe and the estimated loss was $50,000. Maryland State Police closed a part of Washington Road near the intersection with Kate Wagner Road.

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