Fire damages White Hall garage, home on Sunday

The Aegis

A quick response by area fire companies is credited with reducing potential damage from a fire in a White Hall area garage Sunday afternoon that spread to the attached house.

The fire was reported at 3:18 p.m. in a two-car attached garage in the 3200 block of Dry Branch Road, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The fire had by then extended into the attached dwelling owned by Joseph and Patricia Aiken, according to investigators. One of the owners discovered and reported the fire.

Units from Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company were first on the scene, and in all about 50 firefighters, aided by a tanker unit, had the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes, according to the notice of investigation.

No injuries were reported among occupants of the house or fire personnel; however, the fire caused an estimated $90,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 damage to contents.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.

The fire originated within the garage and extended into the dwelling,” the Fire Marshal’s Office notice of investigation states. “Investigators credit the quick response and actions of the fire department for containing the bulk of the fire to the garage.”

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