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Firefighters assist at 2 house blazes


Firefighters from Mount Airy assisted companies in neighboring counties at house fires Sunday and Monday.

The blaze early Sunday morning at an unoccupied home was ruled an arson yesterday by the state fire marshal.

The home in the 700 block of West Watersville Road, which sustained $5,000 in damage, is in Howard County just east of Mount Airy. Neighbors reported the house engulfed in flames, and 25 firefighters from Mount Airy and Lisbon of Howard County responded.

The blaze was extinguished quickly, according to the fire marshal's office, although units remained at the scene for about two hours.

The fire began about 3:15 a.m. on the outside of the two-story, wood-frame home, prompting fire investigators to suspect arson, the fire marshal's office said. No one had been arrested yesterday, and investigators were continuing their inquiry.

Mount Airy and Union Bridge also assisted Frederick County early yesterday at a house fire on Westvale Court, north of Mount Airy.

Units remained at that scene for more than three hours, and Winfield transferred an engine to fill in at the Mount Airy station.

In other fire action:

* Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Windermere Way at 2:08 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 50 minutes.

Mount Airy responded to an electrical fire in the 1300 block of Oak Cliff Court on the Frederick County side of town at 1:39 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

Mount Airy responded for wires on fire in the 6100 block of Ridge Road at 12:11 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for six minutes.

* Winfield responded for wires down near the intersection of Route 27 and Sam's Creek Road at Taylorsville at 9:18 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 20 minutes.

Winfield responded for a carbon monoxide detector in the 800 block of Chanter Drive at Winfield at 7:29 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 27 minutes.

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