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Fire guts apartment in downtown Hagerstown

October 11, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

A fourth-floor apartment was gutted in a fire above the A Above Average Bail Bonds and Happy Hound Cafe in downtown Hagerstown on Friday afternoon, Hagerstown Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building at 21 W. Antietam St. at 4:25 p.m., emergency officials said.

The resident of the damaged apartment was not at home, fire officials said.

While the apartment was heavily damaged, the fire was isolated to that residence, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Kyd Dieterich said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Dieterich said

Candido Bega, who lives in an apartment on the third floor of the building, said he smelled the fire and went downstairs.

Rhonda Mayo, who lives on the fifth floor, said she first smelled something unusual and wondered if there was a fire.

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Then she heard yelling and at first she thought it was a man who lives in the building who sometimes yells, she said. Upon opening her door, she realized the odor was a fire and went outside.

Mayo and others thanked a man for knocking on the doors of many of the occupants and telling them to leave the building. Firefighters and residents said the man - who refused to give his name - was a hero.

Nobody was injured.

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