10:36 PM EST, November 30, 2012
A fire Friday night heavily damaged a blacksmith shop in the 300 block of South Princess Street, Shepherdstown Fire Chief Ross Morgan said.
The fire was called in at about 6:30 p.m. and firefighters were on the scene until after 8 p.m., Morgan said.
The cause of the fire was being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and town police, he said.
The fire was in a wooden two-story building that measured about 50 feet by 25 feet, Morgan said. It had been rented to a blacksmith, he said.
Part of the building was used for storage and there were acetylene and oxygen tanks inside, but the fire did not reach that part of the structure, Morgan said.
Units from Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Bakerton, Baker Heights, Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town, Independent Fire Co. in Ranson and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center assisted at the scene, Morgan said.
Morgan said a lot of fire equipment was called because of work being done to the municipal water system.
While that work has been going on, the department has arranged for extra tankers from other companies as a precaution, he said.
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