Suspicious fires under investigation

October 21, 1997


Staff Writer

A fire destroyed a storage locker at Townhouse Manor Apartments Tuesday - the second suspicious blaze at the complex in a week.

The fire broke out at about 9 p.m. in the basement of 17 Manor Drive, according to the Hagerstown Fire Department. Capt. Randy Myers said firefighters quickly extinguished what was left of the fire.

"Damage was minimal because of the sprinkler system," he said. "The fire was right underneath the sprinkler system."

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said six to eight youths were seen playing in and around the basement storage area before the fire was discovered. He asked anyone who saw the juveniles to call the fire marshal's office at 301-791-2476.


The destroyed items included clothing, small pieces of furniture and other household items. Brown estimated the damage at about $200.

Myers said the basement is divided between a laundry area and a storage area. Tenants receive a locker in the basement to store belongings, Brown said.

Firefighters put out a fire in the same complex on Oct. 14. The blaze, which was in an abandoned apartment at 121 Manor Drive, also was ruled suspicious.

Investigators have not made an arrest in that case, Brown said. He said it was too early to determine if the two blazes were related in any way.

In Tuesday's fire, the building's occupants were evacuated for about 45 minutes. Myers said the fire department received several calls from residents.

The investigation of both fires continues.

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