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Early-morning fire damages apartment on Summit Avenue

September 23, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A fire broke out in a Summit Avenue apartment building early this morning, causing damage to a first floor apartment but causing no injuries, Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Justin Mayhue said.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the fire at 301 Summit Ave. was called in at 12:34 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

Mayhue said all of the tenants in the building were out by the time four Hagerstown Fire Department companies and the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway arrived. He said the building has the provisions for six apartments, but they were not all occupied. He said most of the fire was put out within five minutes.

"There was fire coming out of the window, which was going to affect the building next to it, but we put a hose line ... on the sidewalk between the two buildings, to prevent the other building from catching fire," Mayhue said.

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He said the bedroom where the fire appeared to have started was burned. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.

Mayhue said about 25 firefighters, Community Rescue Service and the Washington County Emergency Air Unit were on the scene. He said firefighters stayed at the building until about 3 a.m.

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