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$2 million Huntingtown home burns down

Sunday - 3/20/2011, 3:18pm  ET

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. - A $2 million dollar home along the Patuxent river has been reduced to rubble, after a chimney fire caused the roof to collapse.

Firefighters were called to the nine-bedroom, waterfront home on Soper Road just after midnight for what appeared to be a chimney fire.

However, once firefighters were inside, things took a turn for the worse.

"The chimney collapsed through the second floor, bringing down the roof truss, making it an extremely dangerous situation," says Calvert County Fire assistant chief Michael Montgomery.

Further complicating the situation was the fact that there are no fire hydrants near the house.

"We couldn't draft from the river, the tide was out," adds Montgomery.

The blowing winds further fueled the fire.

Six of the firefighters, who are all volunteers, were sent to the hospital. One was in serious condition.

The five people who live in the house were able to get out unharmed.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but Montgomery says the fire could have started in a fireplace in the basement.

Neighbors had nothing but praise for the all-volunteer force, but did express some concern about the lack of fire hydrants.

"That's why I have a swimming pool," says one man. "If I have a fire they can dip their intake into my pool."

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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