Fire Marshal Charlotte Hall house fire; $200,000 loss

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Date: 3/16/23

Time: 11:57 p.m.

Location / Address: 30025 Gershwin Road, Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Type of Incident: Fire

Description of Structure / Property: 2 Story Single Family Residence

Owner / Occupants: Paul and Suane Chase

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 150,000.00 Contents: $ 50,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: Present - Working

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Present - Working

Arrests(s): None

Primary Responding Fire Department: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department

# of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 40

Time to Control: 30 minutes

Discovered By: Homeowner / Occupant

Area of Origin: Freezer in 1st Floor Storage Room

Preliminary Cause: Accidental

Additional Information: The fire originated in a first floor storage room and was observed by the homeowner in the area of a stand alone freezer. The occupant was alerted by the smoke and fire alarm system in the home. The occupant was able to escape from the home unharmed. The homeowners are being assisted by family and the American Red Cross.