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Fire guts Hagerstown apartment building

May 20, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

A two-alarm fire ignited by "some type of explosion" heavily damaged an apartment building Sunday morning at 38-40 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown.

The cause of the blaze is suspicious, said Hagerstown Fire Battalion Chief Randy Myers. No one was hurt in the 12:23 a.m. fire, which also did moderate damage to 42 Randolph Ave., Myers said.

"We had a lot of fire when we got there, especially on the east side of the building," said Capt. Justin Mayhue of the Hagerstown Fire Department. "I had no hesitation calling for a second alarm."

This was the first multi-alarm fire of 2002 in Hagerstown.

Firefighters quickly learned that two of the apartments in the building were vacant. Only one was believed to be occupied at the time of the fire and that resident was coming out of the building when firefighters pulled up, Mayhue said.

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The fire apparently started in one of the vacant apartments on the second floor, Myers said.

A Realtor representative was on the scene early Sunday, Myers said, although the ownership of the building still wasn't clear Sunday night.

Hagerstown firefighters were assisted by the ladder truck from Long Meadow Fire Co. The last firefighting unit left the scene about noon but was called back at 1:30 p.m. Sunday when the fire rekindled briefly.

Further information on the cause of the fire and monetary loss is expected to be available as the investigation continues.

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