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Downtown apartment fire disrupts traffic

February 17, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

No one was injured during a fire in a third-floor apartment on East Washington Street late Monday afternoon, a Hagerstown Fire Department official said.

Downtown traffic was snarled as the rush-hour fire forced the temporary closure of the busy Hagerstown street.

Hagerstown Battalion Chief Kyd Dieterich said the fire was caused by food burning on a stove in an apartment at 31 E. Washington St. shortly after 4:30 p.m. He said the fire was almost extinguished before firefighters arrived.

"It caught the curtains on the fire and was getting ready to spread to the cabinets," he said. "The sprinklers (inside the apartment) pretty much took care of it."

Dieterich said a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was accidental. Information on the apartment's resident was not available Monday night, Dieterich said.

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Dieterich said East Washington Street was shut down for about 30 minutes during the usually heavy traffic period.

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