- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a homeowner was hurt when a fire spread from an attached garage to his house in St. Mary’s County.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release that the blaze was reported Monday afternoon in Leonardtown. Officials say the fire started because of a mechanical failure of a riding mower parked in the garage.

Authorities say the fire spread to the house, and the homeowner escaped through a rear door.

It took about 30 firefighters 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The homeowner was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Damage was estimated at $650,000.

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