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Fire whips through farm

Emily Salmon

A fire at an Emmitsburg residence reduced two sheds to rubble and killed about 10 rabbits Wednesday afternoon.

The fire at 15905 Old Frederick Road was fully involved when fire companies arrived in response to a 12:55 p.m. call.

Fueled by afternoon winds, the fire covered about a half-acre of property, consuming two sheds and extending to a nearby field. About 65 firefighters responded from Vigilant Hose Co., Emmitsburg Ambulance Co., Guardian Hose Co., Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. and Graceham Volunteer Fire Co.

As a precaution, three tankers were called in from New Midway Volunteer Fire Co., Taneytown Volunteer Fire Co. and Greenmount Fire Department in Adams County, Pa.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

Firefighters were forced to knock a chimney out of the severely damaged barn, which was left standing.

Although charred boards and debris were all that were left of the two sheds, firefighters managed to rescue three rabbits.

The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a cause had not been determined by press time.

The property was owned by James Bentz, said Wayne Powell of Vigilant Hose Co.

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