On This Day in FFD History

December 1, 2016 Events  No comments


A reprint from the Cumberland Times-News Friday, December 1, 1972

Man injured in fire at Frostburg

Olin F. Eisle 78, of 21 Howard Street, Frostburg, who was injured in a blaze at his home late Wednesday night, was reported in guarded condition last night at Memorial Hospital. Mr. Eisle was taken to Frostburg Community Hospital late Wednesday night and was transferred to the local hospital yesterday.

Mr. Eisle lived alone in the frame residence which was gutted by the fire. The house is owned by Earvin Eeisel. Frostburg firemen were called to the scene by William Preston, Frostburg Street Commissioner, who lives across the street from the Eisel property, when his wife reportedly informed him that the dwelling was on fire. Mr. Preston then reportedly went to the aid of Mr. Eisel by helping him get to the house of Eisel’s son who lives nearby.

As firemen arrived at the scene at 11:00 pm with two pumpers and a rescue truck and fought the blaze for about an hour. The flames reportedly had engulfed the house when firemen arrived. John C. Durst, Frostburg fire chief, said the flames were brought under control but by then the corner of the structure was down and flames were spreading into the ceiling. Firemen then battled the blaze in the ceiling but were hampered by dense smoke.

The fire is believed to have started in the living room and is being investigated by Chief Durst along with Jess Jacobs, State Fire Marshal.

Leave a reply