Fire destroys apartment building
Smoking material in a sofa ignited a fire that destroyed an apartment building behind a house off Northern Avenue Wednesday, fire officials said.
Darryl E. Brandenburg's bicycle was in front of the building, but he was not home at the time, fire officials said.
The state fire marshal's office ruled the fire an accident.
Firefighters from Hagerstown Fire Department and Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 500 Northern Ave. shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Kyd Dieterich said firefighters put out the flames and sifted through the debris to make sure no one was inside.