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Three fires between Friday and Saturday made for a busy weekend for Frederick County firefighters and investigators.

Firefighters responded to the first fire, at a detached garage in the 7700 block of Hampton Valley Road in Emmitsburg, shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, according to information from the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. A neighbor had noticed the garage on fire and alerted both the owners and authorities.

High winds caused the fire to spread quickly, but the 30 responding firefighters were able to control it in about 30 minutes. Damage is estimated at $35,000, according to the incident report.

Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.

Another fire occurred in the parking lot at a Travelodge on Monocacy Boulevard around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

A passerby noticed a vehicle on fire in the parking lot and contacted authorities, resulting in a quick extinguishing of the fire by six firefighters within 10 minutes, according to county information. The vehicle was a total loss. The fire was in the passenger compartment.

Investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set and the investigation in on-going.

The third fire involved a single-family house in the 100 block of Fairview Avenue. Firefighters arrived around 5:00 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report about smoke coming from the garage and roof of the house.

Thirty firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in 15 minutes, according to the report. Damage is estimated around $3,000.

Investigators have ruled the fire accidental and due to combustible materials attached and placed next to the chimney in the garage.

Smoke detectors alerted the homeowner of the fire.