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Fire damages Halfway home

March 30, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

HALFWAY - Fire damaged a home Tuesday at Halfway Manor Apartments on Scarlet Oak Drive.

Fire was coming out of the second floor of 11209 Scarlet Oak Drive when Nick Dattilio, the assistant chief of The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, got there at about noon, according to Alan L. Matheny, the fire company's public information officer.

Although the fire was quickly put out, there was about $50,000 worth of damage in the apartment, the press release said.

The fire was limited to the upstairs rooms, but there was heavy smoke and water damage on the first floor, according to a press release Matheny prepared.

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The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office was investigating to determine the cause of the fire. Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst did not return a call for comment.

Matheny said in a phone interview that three people were in the apartment: two boys, ages 8 and 9, and a 15-year-old baby sitter.

A working smoke detector alerted them to the fire.

Two of them had minor injuries, including the older boy, who had dirt in his eye, Matheny said.

He said he could not give out their names because of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

As firefighters pried apart the roof and doused spots with water, one firefighter slipped while descending a ladder from the second floor and fell to the ground.

Matheny said the firefighter was not hurt.

The Halfway firehouse is about a block from the apartment complex.

Halfway's fire company was assisted by crews from Funkstown, Maugansville, Williamsport and Hagerstown.

Washington County's air unit and rehab unit assisted, along with Halfway's ambulance.

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