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Tenants forced out by smoke

May 07, 2001

Tenants forced out by smoke



Heavy smoke temporarily forced out tenants of 48 and 50 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown Saturday.

John Hersh, a city fire marshal, said the fire started in a partition wall between the first and second floors. As of Saturday afternoon, investigators had not determined the cause.

Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Randy Myers said there was no estimate of the damage, which was mostly in a storage area on the second floor.

Firefighters were at the scene from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beverly Fogle, whose flea market business is on the first floor of the buildings, said she was in the back of her shop when she noticed smoke.

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She opened the door to the upstairs and smoke rushed out, she said.

Second-floor residents Doug Kirby and Millie Kline were told to quickly get out.

Firefighters helped third-floor tenant Jane Hopp get out.

Tenants were allowed back in the buildings when the fire was extinguished, Myers said.

Hersh said the buildings are owned by Kenneth Ridenour.

- Andrew Schotz

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