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Updated: Sharptown Chicken House Fire Ruled Accidental

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SHARPTOWN, Md.- Authorities have ruled as accidental a Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a vacant chicken house in Sharptown.The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the blaze broke out at around 4:37 a.m. at the 16- by 100-foot wood framed structure located at the intersection of Route 313 and State Street Extended. 

It took 25 firefighters from the Sharptown, Eldorado/Brookview, Mardela Springs and Laurel, Del. fire companies approximately one hour to get the fire under control.

Four goats inside the chicken house perished in the blaze, according to investigators. There were no other reported injuries. 

Vine Goslee and his family own the chicken houses that were being used to store straw. Goslee was shocked when he arrived to the scene and saw the building was gone.

"I was scared, nervous, like you don't know what to think at the time," Goslee said. " It was a good storage place, but I guess now, we'll have to come up with something else."


The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the structure and another $10,000 in damage to its contents.  

An adjacent chicken house escaped damage. Property owner Vince Goslee told WBOC that both structures were vacant and being used for storage. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office said an investigation determined the fire was accidental, and started as a result of a heat lamp igniting combustibles. 

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