- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SANDY SPRING, Md. (AP) - Officials say fire has destroyed a farmhouse that may have been built in the 18th century.

Pete Piringer is spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. He said in Tweets and blog posts that the fire at Pleasant View Farm was reported early Tuesday. He says firefighters found the abandoned two-story house well involved in fire.

About 50 firefighters battled the blaze. No one was hurt. Piringer says damage is estimated to be about $250,000. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

According to online documents, the Maryland Historical Trust says the large-frame farmhouse may have been built in the late 18th Century. Document say the farmhouse, which was made of hand-hewn logs, was expanded around 1870.

State property records don’t list an owner for the farmhouse.


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