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Fire displaces Halfway family

November 30, 1999|By ERIN JULIUS

HALFWAY

A Halfway family of four lost its home to fire Saturday afternoon, said Ed Ernst, deputy chief of the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

Firefighters were dispatched to 17521 York Road at 12:31 p.m., firefighter William King said.

The fire probably started in a laundry room area and spread to the second floor, Ernst said.

The second floor collapsed into the first floor, said Ernst, who estimated $225,000 in damage to the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire, which was called in by several neighbors and people passing by, Ernst said.

Some of the home's contents were salvaged, but many were destroyed in the fire, Ernst said.

About 40 firefighters from the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co., Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., Hagerstown Fire Department Engine 5, and the rehab and air units responded.

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Firefighters spent about 45 minutes getting the blaze under control and were on the scene until about 4 p.m.

The Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the family of two adults and two children.

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