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Man burned in apartment fire

January 15, 1998

Man burned in apartment fire

A Hagerstown man burned himself trying to put out a fire in his apartment Thursday night, fire officials said.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Washington County Hospital with burns to his hands and arms following the 8:15 p.m. fire at 102 Fairground Ave., officials said.

Community Rescue Service Chief Chris Amos said he had no information about the severity of the burns. Even a second-degree burn is serious if it involves the hands, he said.

Regardless of the damage, Amos said such burns are extremely painful.

"There's a lot of pain management that will be involved," he said.

Battalion Chief Ron Horn said the fire started at about 8:15 p.m. in the living room of the apartment. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames through the first-floor window, he said.

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The fire appears to have started when a candle was knocked off a dresser, officials said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within minutes, but Horn said it caused moderate smoke and heat damage to the apartment and smoke damage to the apartment above. The building contains four apartments, Horn said.

The tenant was already out of the building when firefighters arrived, Horn said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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