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State police look into recent, suspicious fires

May 13, 2011

A fire caused heavy damage to this house owned by Jeremy Sedor at 400 Mary’s Alley Wednesday in Sykesville. The fire at the residence was ruled to have begun in the wiring of a battery charger and began in the shed located adjacent to the house. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

SYKESVILLE — A fire in Sykesville caused heavy damage to a house owned by Jeremy Sedor, 400 Mary’s Alley, Wednesday evening.

Sykesville Fire Chief Kevin Yamrick said the fire began around 11 p.m. in a shed adjacent to the house and quickly spread to the house, causing heavy damage to the interior.

Sedor, who is the Sykesville Fire Department assistant chief, said he, his son Jordan and dog Dozer were asleep in the house when his neighbor, Brian Sharpe, noticed smoke coming from the shed when he let his dog out around 11 p.m. Sharpe then banged on Sedor’s door to alert him.
Yamrick said it took about 30 minutes to extinguish the quickly-spreading blaze.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Charles Gross has been investigating a number of suspicious fires that have occurred in the Big Run area over the last several months.

Gross said the fire at Sedor’s was first thought to be suspicious, but most likely began in the wiring of a battery charger that was attached to a lawnmower inside the shed.

There have been numerous grass, brush and structure fires over the last several months in which the cause was either suspicious or undetermined, Gross said. The cause of a fire at the former Little Canada in Big Run is undetermined and may not be related to the other suspicious fires in abandoned structures that occurred on Hartzfeld Road in Big Run.

Yamrick said Sykesville was assisted at the scene by Reynoldsville, Big Run, West Sandy and DuBois City fire departments, with Brady Township on stand-by at Sykesville, and McCalmont Township at Reynoldsville.

Sedor thanked the emergency responders for the excellent job they did in fighting the blaze at his house. He and his family are currently staying with relatives.

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