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Investigators seeking public assistance to determine cause of fire at vacant home in Havre de Grace

The Maryland fire marshal and federal AFT agents are seeking the public’s help to determine the cause of a Monday night fire at a vacant house in Havre de Grace.

Firefighters from the Susquehanna Hose Company and other departments responded to 1715 Chapel Road shortly before 10 p.m. Monday and found the two-story dwelling on fire.

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Though firefighters were able to contain the blaze within 20 minutes, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, it was significantly damaged. Ongoing assessments will need to be made to determine the total loss, the fire marshal’s office said.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was treated on the scene.

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help to determine the cause of a Monday night fire at a vacant house at 1715 Chapel Road in Havre de Grace.
Investigators are seeking the public’s help to determine the cause of a Monday night fire at a vacant house at 1715 Chapel Road in Havre de Grace. (Courtesy Office of the State Fire Marshal)

Deputy State Fire Marshals and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives worked through the night and into the afternoon hours Tuesday investigating the origin and cause of the fire, according to a news release from the fire marshal’s office. Investigators were assisted by the Havre de Grace Police Department on the scene.

A team of investigators determined the fire originated in the living room, but the cause is still undetermined.

The house, located between The Residences at Bulle Rock at Mt. Felix Vineyard and Winery, has been vacant for more than a year, according to the fire marshal.

Anyone with information concerning the property or anyone who may have observed activity on the property before the fire is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office Tipline at 410-386-3050.

Maryland property tax records indicate the home is owned by Charlotte Patrone of Halethrope, but was not a primary residence. The assessed value, according to the records, was more than $290,000.

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