A fire burned more than a dozen apartments and a barn on a Frederick farm owned by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) Thursday, reportedly causing significant damage but no injuries. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon at Bartlett's property, located at 4317 Buckeystown Pike, and took several hours for firefighters to extinguish, according to a report in the Frederick News-Post.
"The fire was put out," Bartlett said in a statement issued Friday by his office. "Thankfully, no one was hurt and everyone is taken care of. That is the most important thing. I knew many of the fire and rescue personnel already, but seeing them in action was awe-inspiring. I am grateful to the Frederick Chapter of the Red Cross and so many other members of the community who have responded with help."
The cause of the fire is unknown and is being probed by the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation, according to the News-Post. Bartlett's personal financial disclosure form for 2008 -- the most recent one available -- showed he owns a "house and other buildings" at the Buckeystown Pike address worth between $1 million and $5 million, from which he earned $50,001-$100,000 in rental income for the year. He also reported owning rental properties in Knoxville, Md., and Pleasantville, Tenn. Bartlett has represented the Frederick-based 6th district since 1993. SOURCE: Washington Post