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Elderly Dorchester County Couple Displaced After Home Fire


CAMBRIDGE, Md.- An elderly couple in Dorchester County is lucky to be alive after an oil tank exploded outside of their home, leaving the structure in ruins.

The fire happened during the height of Tuesday night's snow storm in the small community of Crocheron.

Crocheron is located in the southern section of Dorchester County, which is just south of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge along Fishing Bay.

The home was owned by Crawford and Mary-Lou Windsor.

"It's just too much," said Mrs. Crawford, who was still trying to come to terms with the whole incident.

There was nothing left inside of the their home on Thursday. The couple said the oil tank explosion turned their home of 65 years into a charred mess of memories.

"Everything is gone, all my memories all my pictures," Mrs. Windsor said.

She also kept journals in which she wrote about everyday life events.

The Windsors raised five children in the home. Their daughter, Cathy Mitchell said she remembers the good times all too well.

"This was my room when I was small," Mitchell said, "I used to hang out this window and listen to the frogs and my cousin lived next door, we would yell out the window right next door to each other across the field."

Cathy said that an outside light bulb placed next to the oil tank popped from which sparks apparently caused the tank to explode. Strong winds spread the flames everywhere but somehow the Windsors escaped unharmed.

"Glad to be alive, just glad to be," said Mrs. Windsor.

Family and friends said they are in disbelief. The community knows Crawford Windsor as the hardest working waterman who put his whole life into the home.

"He's worked so hard for what he's had," Mitchell said. "He never had it easy. He worked since he was 9-years-old so he's like a lot of people's hero around here."

The Windsors said that even though they are grateful to be alive, they are planning to rebuild in the very same spot.

Mitchell said that some community members have already donated some clothes to the couple.

The Maryland Watermen Association is holding a fundraiser on Feb. 9 at the American Legion.

A fund has also been set up at the National Bank of Cambridge under C&M Windsor.


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