Cause of house fire is under investigation

This photograph submitted by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal shows the fire-damaged home in the 8500-block of Georgetown Road, near Chestertown.

CHESTERTOWN — The occupants of a home in the Georgetown community escaped injury Saturday morning when fire swept through their one-story home.

The fire marshal identified them as Arlo Wilson and Teresa Joiner-Shorter.

According to online records of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, the home at 8561 Georgetown Road is owned by Meriam Spriggs.

The fire originated inside the house, on the first floor, according to a news release from the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The cause is under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal’s Upper Eastern Regional Office at 410-822-7609.

The occupants reported the fire at 12:11 a.m. A smoke alarm was present but it is unknown if it activated, according to the fire marshal’s preliminary report.

Firefighters battled the blaze for 60 minutes before bringing it under control, according to the news release. A total of 30 firefighters answered the alarm. The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company was the primary responding agency.

The estimated loss is $120,000 to the structure and $40,000 to its contents, according to the fire marshal.

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