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Firefighters doues city attic fire

June 11, 1997

Firefighters took only about 10 minutes to douse flames in the third floor attic of a Hagerstown home Tuesday afternoon, fire department officials said.

The 5:15 p.m. fire was confined to the attic of the 109 Fairground Ave. house, said fire department Battalion Chief Ron Horn.

The fire caused heavy damage to the attic and its contents in the house owned by John Henry Strite II, of Hagerstown, said City Fire Marshal Tom Brown.

The cause was under investigation, he said.

The occupant, Robert McLaughlin, was not home at the time of the fire, Brown said.

Tim Helser, of Cascade, Md., was driving home from work when he said he noticed black smoke rising from the house's roof. He notified 111 Fairground Ave. resident Douglas Turner, who called the fire department.

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Meanwhile, Helser and other community members attempted to extinguish the attic fire with pots of water and a garden hose before firefighters arrived, Helser said.

Turner's adjoining home sustained smoke damage to the second and third floors.

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