Seven people were displaced after a house fire that was likely caused by a grill escalated late Friday afternoon.

About 60 firefighters responded to the fire in the 2600 block of Carrington Way in Frederick at about 5:15 p.m.

Two people were taken to a hospital, said Sarah Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, but the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

When the first firefighters arrived, they saw heavy flames and smoke coming through the roof of one of the town houses, Campbell said.

The fire “climbed up pretty quickly,” Campbell said.

Fire spread to a second unit, she said.

It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire, according to Campbell. Firefighters spent an additional 90 minutes on the scene.

Both town houses were extensively damaged.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. The fire marshal remained on the scene Friday night to investigate, but the blaze was determined to have been caused by a grill, Campbell said.

The Red Cross was asked to assist the displaced residents.

No further details were immediately available.

Pete McCarthy is the city editor at The Frederick News-Post.

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What is your problem? Two families had extensive damage to their homes. Don't say anything if all you are going to do is criticize.

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Jeez FAUX, learn about firefighting before you comment! This was a fire in a multi-unit dwelling. If this thing took off and started to spread, there would be no time to call in reinforcements. Also, there is no way to judge just how long it would take to completely extinguish all flames AND embers. You have to plan for relief. Since these units were not your home, I guess you had no skin in the game, so you feel comfortable enough to criticize.

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most of your comments don't add up!


Grilling and Barbecue Safety:


As a public service announcement - people - keep those grills at least 8 feet away from the backs, sides, front, walls of any structures, dwellings, etc. especially if it is vinyl siding


Should've been in the article, for what good that will do.


Right. No good. No one checks websites before firing up the grill. They just dump a quart of gasoline on the charcoal and light it off.


You sure it was a wood/charcoal grill, and not a gas grill FAUX? Where did it say that in the story?


Maybe send a memo to the builders. They give you a 2 foot deck these days and allow a grill on it. Take a swing by linton at ballenger on a day off of yours and see how cramped it is


Not the builders, but the HOA. There should certainly be rules and regulations against grilles on decks!


CallieFarm5: The way houses are crammed so close together -- with tiny decks and small yards -- is a good example of what happens when too many people try to cram themselves into a fixed geographical area, and developers squeeze every last penny they can out of each former farm that they buy. FredCo is way over capacity -- employers and developers need to go elsewhere, before our quality of life is reduced any further.


I agree 100%, mrnatural! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]


Grilling on a balcony or under it is against Frederick County (and most other) fire code. Somebody has some 'splainin' to do.


That code applies to apartment and condo balconies, not townhouse decks.


What makes you think they are smart enough to read your warning? After all, they set the joint on fire.

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