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Fire in Cascade displaces tenants

December 29, 2000

Fire in Cascade displaces tenants



By ANDREW SCHOTZ And MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writers


CASCADE - An overloaded electrical system is believed to have sparked a fire that displaced several tenants of a four-story apartment building near Cascade Friday morning.

Forty-five firefighters from three counties responded to 25625 Military Road shortly after 6 a.m. for a fire in a four-story apartment building. None of the tenants and firefighters were injured.

Firefighters from Franklin County, Pa., were assisted by other Pennsylvania and Maryland fire companies, according to dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office estimated damage to the apartment building at $90,000.

Third-floor tenant Kevin Barton woke to the smell of smoke at 3:30 a.m., but found nothing when he investigated, so he left for work, the fire marshal's office reported.

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Billie Ann Barton, who also smelled smoke, found a blown fuse in the electrical panel box. When she replaced the fuse, she saw smoke coming from the kitchen area, activating a smoke alarm.

The fire marshal's office said Barton notified other tenants as she escorted her four children out of the building, which is owned by Evonne and John Renard.

The Bartons' apartment and its contents were a total loss.

Located near the former Fort Ritchie Army compound, the apartment building was showing "heavy fire" when the first firefighters got to the scene, dispatchers said.

Most units stayed at the scene until around 9 a.m.

Maryland State Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman is investigating the blaze.

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross has offered assistance to the displaced tenants of the building, said Cindy Blackstock Kline, director of emergency services. Donations may be sent to the chapter at 113 S. Prospect St. Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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