Earleville cottage fire

Flames shoot from this vacation cottage on Parkside Drive in Earleville on Friday night — Christmas Eve — causing $70,000 in total damage. The cottage was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

EARLEVILLE — An investigation is continuing after a fire on Christmas Eve destroyed an unoccupied summer cottage in Earleville, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A passerby called 911 at 10:59 p.m. on Friday after discovering the burning house in the unit block of Parkside Drive, prompting several area volunteer fire companies to respond, fire officials said. Hacks Point Volunteer Fire Company served as the on-scene command unit, fire officials added.

Approximately 35 volunteer firefighters battled the blaze for about 30 minutes, before bringing it under control, fire officials reported.

The blaze caused an estimated $60,000 in structural damage to the one-story cottage and destroyed approximately $10,000 in belongings inside the dwelling, according to an MOSFM spokesperson, who further reported that no one was injured.

“The home was initially reported as vacant. Investigators later determined the home was a vacation cottage,” the spokesperson explained.

During their on-scene investigation, MOSFM detectives concluded that the blaze started inside an enclosed porch, fire officials said. As of Monday, fire officials added, an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze continued.

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