Cumberland family of 5 displaced by attic fire | News
CUMBERLAND – Terrence and Keren Thomas and their three children were rendered homeless late Wednesday when an apparent accidental fire damaged their 2 1/2 story residence at 7 Decatur St. just off Baltimore Avenue.
A passerby spotted the fire around 10:35 p.m. and knocked on the front door to alert Keren Thomas, who quickly left the property with her three children. Her husband Terrence was not at home at the time.
“The passerby saw fire on the roof line and in the attic at the back of the property,” said Lt. Shannon Adams of the Cumberland Fire Department.
Adams stayed at the scene late Thursday morning and continued to investigate the cause and origin of the two-alarm fire that was being fought by 18 town firefighters and seven allied volunteer fire departments from Allegany and Mineral counties.
“It is still being investigated. But it started in the attic and it’s hard to get to right now and the roof is in poor shape so I have to be careful getting in there, ”said Adams, who is also the town firefighter.
The damage to the structure was estimated at $ 70,000 with a loss of $ 20,000 in content. Property is insured, said Adams.
“Firefighters were able to contain the fire in the attic and roof,” said Adams. “There was no smoke or fire damage on the first or second floor, only water damage.”
According to reports, the Thomas family is receiving emergency aid from family members.
The fire operation was led by City Fire Brigade Captain Chris Ratliff. The last session left the scene at 4 a.m.
Volunteer fire departments included LaVale, Bedford Road, Bowling Green, Cresaptown, Frostburg, Shaft, Ridgeley, and Wiley Ford. The Allegany County Department of Emergency Services crews also responded along with a DES supervisor.
The Allegany County Fire Department directed traffic during the fire operation, including assistance from the Cumberland Police Department on the ground.
A crew from the city water department also responded, along with employees from Potomac Edison and Columbia Gas.
A volunteer firefighter was injured during the overhaul and was taken to UPMC Western Maryland for injury treatment.
At 9 Decatur there was also minor damage to an adjacent property. Siding and windows were damaged by water.
Numerous fire fighters from the city reacted to the scene and prepared for the main train station. The volunteer departments were also made aware of standby during the incident.