McCOOLE - The early-morning fire that heavily damaged a vacant home in McCoole has been deemed arson, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
McCOOLE - The early-morning fire that heavily damaged a vacant home in McCoole has been deemed arson, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The fire at the two-story wood frame home located at 11220 Queens Point Road, right beside the Cornerstone Ministries Church, was reported by a neighbor at 12:59 a.m. Thursday.
Approximately 49 firefighters from Mineral and Allegany counties responded to the blaze and had it under control in approximately 50 minutes.
There were no injuries reported.
The structure is owned by Sherman D. Wilt and was vacant.
According to the fire investigator, the fire started in the rear exterior of the building and caused approximately $20,000 in damages to the structure and $1,000 in contents.
The investigator is asking that anyone who might have any information on the incident contact the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-766-3888.
Potomac Fire Company No. 2 of Westernport was the first due company.