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Firefighter, resident hurt in fire

May 07, 2004

A two-alarm fire at a Frederick Street apartment building in Hagerstown early Thursday sent two people to the hospital, according to Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker.He said a firefighter, who fell down the stairs, and an apartment resident, who may have suffered from smoke inhalation, were taken to Washington County Hospital following the 3:42 a.m. fire at 289 Frederick St.

Hawbaker said that about 75 firefighters, including "all" of the city firefighters and firefighters from Funkstown, Halfway and Long Meadow, had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. He said firefighters were at the apartment building until 8 a.m.

Hawbaker said the apartment building appeared to be a house that was remodeled to have 10 apartments.

Cindy Blackstock Kline, director of emergency services for the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said there were more than 12 people living in the apartment building. She said the Red Cross was helping two of the residents.

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Hawbaker said the fire began in a third-floor apartment, which was destroyed in the blaze. He said another third-floor apartment had heavy smoke and heat damage. The second-floor apartments had moderate water damage and the first-floor apartments were spared from most damage.

He said the cause of the fire was under investigation.|5/7/04

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