Eleven people were displaced in two Mount Airy-area fires in as many days.
A one-story wood frame house about two miles west of town in the 12800 block of Old National Pike in Frederick County was virtually destroyed in a one-alarm fire discovered at 7:13 a.m. yesterday, said Bob Thomas, chief deputy state fire marshal.
The blaze, which apparently started in the laundry area when a plastic bag loaded with clothes was placed too close to an electric baseboard heater, caused about $50,000 in property damage, officials said.
Ellen Stanley discovered the fire and woke six other family members, Mr. Thomas said. All escaped the blaze.
Thirty firefighters brought the fire under control in 15 minutes. No one was injured.
The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross, fire officials said.
Fire equipment was dispatched from Mount Airy, New Market, Libertytown and Green Valley, all in Frederick County, and Hyattstown in Montgomery County.
The cause of the blaze was being investigated yesterday by Deputy Fire Marshals Ted Meminger and Tim Warner.
On Sunday, four people were forced out of their Mount Airy farmhouse when a fire erupted in the home in the 2900 block of Flag Marsh Road.
The home of Matthew Kibler, his wife and their two sons suffered extensive damage in the two-alarm blaze that took firefighters from three counties more than two hours to bring under control. No one was injured in the fire.
The house had been a one-story log house and had two-story additions at each end.
The fire caused about $150,000 in damage, mostly to the kitchen and living room, fire officials said.
None of the occupants was in the building when the blaze was discovered by a neighbor about 8:15 a.m. Sunday.
Sixty firefighters from Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties responded, with some at the scene for 6 1/2 hours.
The family is staying with relatives, fire officials said.
Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze yesterday.