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Post-Christmas Fire Destroys Boyds Home and Music Collection

An early morning fire destroyed a Boyds home just hours after Christmas ended on Wednesday, December 26.

According to Montgomery County Fire officials, MCFRS units were called to the 21000 block of Clarksburg Road in Boyds for a report of a house fire at about 3:30 am on December 26. Arriving units encountered heavy fire in a single-story residence located down a long half-mile, dirt driveway off Clarksburg Road, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer.

Two residents of the home managed to escape unharmed. The fire burned through the roof of the house and did more than $600,000 in damage, destroying private recording studio and a musical library including antique instruments, books, and irreplaceable sheet music collection. More than 75 firefighters battled the fire for more than four hours in sub-freezing conditions.

Fire officials said that smoke alarms in the home were not operating. “We believe there was a delay in alarm the fire was in its advanced stages upon our arrival,” said Piringer. He said the house was located in a non-hydrant area and MCFRS pressed five tanker trucks into service to shuttle water from filling stations to assist in extinguishing the fire.

Piringer said that the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it seems likely that an electrical malfunction in one of the walls may have sparked the blaze. No firefighters were injured fighting the fire.

Clarksburg Road/Md-121 was closed in both directions between Clopper Road and West Old Baltimore Road until about 10:00 pm as crews continued to work the scene. The sub-freezing conditions created icy roadways around the site of the fire and at water-tanker filling stations in the area. The roads had been salted in an effort to prevent vehicular collisions and injuries.


Top: The fire burned through the roof of the single-story home in the 21000 block of Clarksburg Road in Boyds on Wednesday, December 26.

Next: Firefighters inside the home working to put out hotspots.

Next: First arriving MCFRS units encountered heavy fire coming from the house.

Next: Clarksburg road was closed until about 10:00 am on Wednesday as fire equipment blocked both lanes of the road.

Photos by courtesy MCFRS.

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