The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m. Monday at 19932 Lemuel Lane, was caused by a woodstove and was ruled accidental, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.
Lemuel Lane is a private farm lane off Toms Road, Griffith said. Toms Road is off Alternate U.S. 40 and is northwest of Boonsboro.
The structure was owned by Gregory Toms, according to the state fire marshal.
Structural damage was estimated at $20,000 and the contents were valued at $5,000, the state fire marshal’s news release states.
The structure was a 25-foot by 30-foot concrete block building, according to the state fire marshal.
Griffith said the building had been a farm storage shed and had an in-ground pool inside. The storage area had been converted into an apartment, he said.
The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived, Griffith said. About 30 firefighters from fire companies in Boonsboro, Funkstown, Mount Aetna, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, and Myersville, Md., worked to suppress the fire and had it extinguished within about an hour, Griffith said.
The fire was discovered by occupants of the property, which has other houses on it, Griffith said.
— Julie E. Greene