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A home in Waldorf was destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office reported that at 12:27 p.m. April 6, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office was called to check on a burglar alarm at 1102 Holyoke Court in Waldorf.
Officers arrived to find the house on fire.
Forty firefighters from volunteer fire departments in Waldorf, La Plata, Brandywine, Hughesville, Baden and Bryans Road had the blaze under control in 20 minutes. The house was a total loss, and damage was estimated at $200,000.
There was a smoke alarm present in the home. The fire originated inside the home but the cause is unknown at this time, the fire marshal’s office reported.
The American Red Cross is assisting the homeowner, John Ellsworth, and his family. Ellsworth’s daughter, Sheri Burch of La Plata, said the family is in shock at what happened to the home she grew up in.
Burch is currently housing her sister and niece, who were displaced by the fire. She said the Red Cross provided hotel accommodations for her father for a couple of days after the fire.
No one was home at the time of the incident.
Having been around firefighters for many years, Burch said she sees and hears of house fires and other incidents all the time but never thought it would hit so close to home.
“Any house fire is devastating, obviously, but when it’s so close to home, it’s, like, gut wrenching,” she said.
The investigation is continuing.