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Fire strikes same location as stabbing

September 16, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

A fire damaged the upstairs of a Frederick Street duplex Sunday morning, the same home where a man was stabbed in the chest last week.

Batallion Chief Richard Hopkins of the Hagerstown Fire Department said crews arrived at 601-603 Frederick St. and the corner of Rowland Avenue and saw heavy smoke coming from the upstairs of the 601 side of the duplex.

The duplex is owned by Goldie Wolford, a Hagerstown police official has said.

No one was injured in the fire, said Mike Wolford, who lives in the 601 portion of the duplex.

Members of the Wolford family live on both sides of the duplex, family members at the scene said. Mike Wolford said his family called to report the fire just before 10 a.m.

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Hopkins said one room on the second floor of the 601 side received fire damage and that the attic and other second floor rooms received smoke damage.

"It was a fairly quick knockdown," Hopkins said.

He said the fire marshal was investigating the fire, cost of damage and whether the damage is repairable.

A section of Frederick Street was shut down while crews put out the fire.

Mike Wolford said he woke up just before 10 a.m. and was about to make breakfast when he noticed the fire.

"This stinks," Wolford said. "I know it burned out the middle room."

Wolford said his two rabbits were killed in the fire.

Christina Wolford, who lives in the 603 side, said she was in bed at the time of the fire but was awakened by family members.

"I seen the smoke coming up," Christina Wolford said. "There was smoke coming out of my side and smoke coming out of the other side. We just heard a bunch of crackling."

Christina Wolford said about 12 family members live in both sides of the duplex.

She said she was told by authorities that the fire appeared to be electrical. She said she and her family members were planning to stay in her side of the duplex.

Christina Wolford said the fire put additional stress on the family.

"It's been a dramatic week for us," she said.

The Hagerstown Police Department was called to 601 Frederick St. last Wednesday morning and found Jason Wolford, 27, stabbed in the chest, allegedly by his uncle, Harry Israel Wolford, police said.

Harry Israel Wolford then loaded a rifle and barricaded himself in the upstairs of the 601 side. He later exited the rear of the building and was taken into custody, police said.

Harry Wolford was still being held at the Washington County Detention Center Sunday afternoon.

Jason Wolford, who underwent surgery at Washington County Hospital, was released Saturday, hospital officials said Sunday.

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