RISING SUN — An early-morning blaze Monday destroyed a home near Rising Sun, displacing the person who was living there and causing an estimated $200,000 in total damage, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The occupant called 911 at 3:04 a.m., after discovering the fire inside the house in the 2600 block of Joseph Biggs Memorial Highway (Route 274), fire officials said. Several volunteer fire companies in the area responded to the two-alarm fire, including the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, which served as the on-scene command unit, fire officials added.

Volunteer firefighters battled the blaze for about one hour, before bringing it under control, fire officials reported.

The fire caused approximately $150,000 in structural damage to the two-story house, and it destroyed an estimated $50,000 in belongings inside the dwelling, according to an MOSFM spokesperson, who further reported that no one was injured.

Family members are assisting the displaced occupant, fire officials reported.

MOSFM detectives determined that the blaze started in the living room, fire officials said. As of Monday afternoon, the cause of the fire remained under investigation, fire officials added.

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