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Blaze damages city apartment

August 23, 2000

Blaze damages city apartment



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Apartment fireA house fire caused moderate damage to a vacant second-story apartment in the city Wednesday afternoon, Hagerstown Fire Department officials said.

When firefighters arrived at 341-B Bethune Avenue, smoke was pouring out of the second-story windows on all sides of the building, said Hagerstown Capt. Brian Pile.

Firefighters went inside and smashed out the soot-covered windows to release the smoke and were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, he said.

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A charred, broken door, removed by firefighters, lay outside on the sidewalk and firefighters shoveled debris outside a second-story window to the sidewalk below.

Pile said the residents were not inside the apartment when the fire broke out. They were in the process of moving out and some of their property remained in the building, he said.

Firefighters rescued a small dog found hiding in a bathroom, he said.

A Hagerstown fire marshal was called to the scene and will investigate to determine the cause of the fire, Pile said.

Six year-old Malik Powell said he was playing baseball with his friend Roger Maupin on Bethune Street when he saw smoke coming from the two-unit apartment building.

"I'm the one who saw it," he said.

The Fountaindale Elementary School student ran to his mother Tara Powell, who went inside their home nearby and called 911.

Malik Powell said he was told about the danger associated with fires at school.

"I leaned to stop, drop and roll," he said.

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