Frederick County fire displaces family

Posted: February 28, 2014

The Winchester Star

A Frederick County firefighter removes slats from an attic vent at the scene of the fire.
Frederick County firefighters investigate a fire Thursday morning at a home on Custer Avenue, east of Winchester. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Six people were displaced Thursday following a small attic fire at a home in Frederick County.

Fire and rescue crews were called at 10:07 a.m. to 206 Custer Ave. — east of the city, near Millwood Pike (U.S. 50) and Stanley Drive — for a report of a structure fire.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal William E. Pifer III, flames were hidden in the attic of the home when firefighters arrived. It took 10 to 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and the last crew left the scene at 11:49 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Pifer said a small electrical malfunction caused the fire and resulted in some of the insulation in the attic and part of the roof assembly to be burned.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was in called to assist the family.

“They’re going to be displaced for a short amount of time, but the house will be repairable,” Pifer said.

He estimated damage to cost from $1,800 to $2,000.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue companies from Millwood, Greenwood, Round Hill and Battalion 10, in addition to the Fire Marshal’s Office, responded to the blaze.

South End, Friendship and Winchester Batalion 6 from the city, in addition to Boyce from Clarke County, assisted.

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