Fire log

October 19, 1997

Investigators continued to examine a blaze that left a Hagerstown family homeless in the early morning hours Saturday.

Jim and Heather Fraser were forced from their Bushwillow Drive home. Heather Fraser's employer, the Interstate 70 Sunoco station on Sharpsburg Pike, is serving as a dropoff point for people who wish to donate clothing and other items, said manager Gina Mozingo.

Mozingo said the Frasers and their 8-year-old son have been staying with friends.

"It all happened so fast," she said.

According to the state fire marshal's office, which is investigating the fire, Heather Fraser saw smoke coming from the house as she was returning home at about 2 a.m.

No one was injured in the blaze, authorities said.

The state fire marshal's office estimated damages to the one-story wood frame house and contents at $50,000.

The fire likely started in the living room area, authorities said.

About 50 firefighters from Hagerstown, Funkstown, Halfway and Fairplay battled flames for nearly 45 minutes.

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