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Fire damages duplex

October 08, 2000

Fire damages duplex



Fire ripped through a Hagerstown duplex Sunday afternoon, displacing five people and killing two dogs, firefighters said.

A resident at 514 W. Howard St., noticed smoke coming from next door at 516 W. Howard St., and called 911 around 3 p.m. before fleeing safely, said C. Kingsley Poole, Hagerstown Battalion Chief.

Craig and Kimberly Ryce and their two children, of 516 W. Howard St., were not home when the fire broke out in what appeared to be the living room area.

Both of their dogs died of smoke inhalation, Poole said. One was inside a crate and the other was loose in the home, he said.

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Poole said when firefighters from Hagerstown arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the Ryce home.

Firefighters worked for more than an hour putting out the blaze, which was concentrated in the front of the home, he said.

There was heavy damage to the living room and in the basement below, he said. Charred furniture, pictures, and a melted television littered the lawn after being removed from the home by firefighters.

Smoke damage was found at 514 W. Howard St., Poole said. Both homes were not livable and residents were staying with relatives, he said.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh was at the scene Sunday trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

- By Kimberly Yakowski

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