A two-alarm blaze extensively damaged a split-level house in the 100 block of Baumgardner Ave. in Taneytown Friday.
No one was injured. It took 50 firefighters with 12 pieces of equipment about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Fire officials said the fire was reported at 11:31 a.m.
The occupants of the home had left about 15 minutes earlier, neighbors said.
The fire apparently started in a basement workshop and burned through the floor to the bedrooms above and into the living room.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.
Fire officials said that they saw heavy smoke pouring from the house as they approached and that windows on the lower level were blown out from the pressure of the heat inside.
Firefighters discovered a .22-caliber rifle and two pellet rifles in the house and turned them over to Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs.
Trucks and equipment from Taneytown, Harney, Union Bridge, Pleasant Valley, Westminster and Kingsdale and Littlestown of Adams County, Pa., were dispatched to the fire.
The last equipment returned to the Taneytown station at 3:16 p.m.