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Hagerstown fire still under investigation

April 10, 2001

Hagerstown fire still under investigation



Evidence gathered at Saturday's two-alarm fire in a South Potomac Street apartment building has been sent to a federal testing lab in Rockville, Md.

"The cause is still undetermined and remains under investigation," said Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh Monday.

Hersh said he chose the national testing labs of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for the analysis of the unspecified evidence.

Investigators were interviewing anyone they believed might have information pertinent to their probe into the cause of the fire.

Hersh said he was hoping that anyone who photographed or videotaped the fire would contact him at 301-790-2476.

The fire started at 105-107 S. Potomac St. around noon Saturday and quickly spread to 109 S. Potomac St., which adjoins 107.

About 75 firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours while fire police blocked off many of the surrounding streets.

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The second and third floors of 105-107 S. Potomac St. were destroyed and the third floor of the building at 109 S. Potomac St. was damaged, firefighters said.

Horn said 105-107 S. Potomac St., was condemned following the fire.

The affected buildings house apartments, The Guitar Room and The Shoe Doctor.

Neighboring Barnwood Books, at 103 S. Potomac St., was not damaged by the fire, said owner Jack Staley.

- Marlo Barnhart

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