The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department is investigating a house fire that happened on Tuesday around 11:14 a.m. at 118 East Germain Street. Winchester Police Officer Danny Mowery arrived on scene in less than a minute and assisted an 83-year-old male out of the residence. The male was asleep in the living room, on the ground level, where fire and smoke hadn’t yet reached. The fire department arrived while the male was being assisted out of the residence and heavy smoke and fire could be seen coming from the second floor back window. The firefighters made an aggressive attack, knocking down the fire within a couple of minutes and containing it to the second floor of the structure. Two females and a child who live upstairs were able to get out of the house without assistance. A 28-year-old female and her 4-year-old son were taken to Winchester Medical Center. The female sustained burns and the child was being evaluated for smoke inhalation.
Around Noon crews had the fire under control. Building officials have deemed the structure to be uninhabitable. The Red Cross is assisting six of the seven people who are displaced as a result of the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Winchester Fire Marshal’s Office with assistance from the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.