No one injured in Bowersox Road blaze

It took firefighters from Winfield, New Windsor and at least 10 other fire companies more than an hour to control a house fire Thursday in the 1600 block of Bowersox Road.

“In fire department terminology, we had heavy fire conditions on arrival on the second floor,” said Chief Mark Davis of the Winfield volunteer fire company said. “We engaged in what we call a transitional attack where we start from the outside and move in.”

According to a media release by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, there were two people present at the time of the fire, the homeowner’s teenage son and an au pair, who along with three family dogs were able to escape.

“Everybody escaped without injury, including the pets,” Davis said.

The family, are being assisted by the Red Cross, he added.

After an initial call at 12:27 p.m., it took a second call 10 minutes later and between 80 and 100 firefighters to get the fire under control over the next hour, according to Davis.

“We had some structural collapse concerns, so it took a little extra long because of the safety concerns,” he said.

Davis said units from the New Windsor, Winfield, Westminster Taneytown, Union Bridge, Manchester, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Mount Airy, Libertytown, Gamber and Sykesville fire companies responded.

“I may have missed somebody, but I think that’s probably the gamut, so almost every Carroll County station was there,” he said. “We had to use a couple of nearby ponds to supply water.”

Damages are estimated at $200,000 for the structure and $50,000 for the damaged contents of the home, according to the Fire Marshal media release. The office is still investigating the cause of the fire, but the release noted the presence of working smoke alarms, and the lack of a home fire sprinkler system.

“I will tell you that had it been a newer home, it would have been sprinklered, and the fire would have been controlled by the sprinkler system,” Davis added, noting the structure was built before the requirement for sprinklers in new residential construction. “The fire would have been controlled by probably one or two sprinkler heads with probably minor damage.”

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