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Fire hits Howell Road home

August 01, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

marlob@herald-mail.com

A fire in a two-story house near Dual Highway drew a second alarm Sunday night because of the need for more firefighters to help bring it under control.

The first call went out around 9:45 p.m. when a neighbor at 1516 Howell Road reported a fire at the house across the road, fire officials said.

Firefighters from Funkstown and Hagerstown arrived on the scene and found flames showing along the roof line in the front of the house. Pioneer Hook and Ladder personnel began directing water into the attic windows on the east side of the house in an effort to douse the fire.

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At 10 p.m., there still was evidence of flames at the roof line as well as in the middle of the roof to the front of the home. Smoke could be seen from miles away and the smell of smoke triggered some calls to authorities.

Pioneer and Funkstown firefighters were quickly joined by Junior, First Hose, Community Rescue Service, the Washington County air unit and the rehab unit.

Other fire apparatus staged in the parking lot of Foxshire Plaza so firefighters could walk to the fire scene. Long Meadow and Halfway units were among those called to assist.

No one was believed to be home when the fire was reported.

"I saw the fire from the road," said Bradley Golden, who said he was with friends in a truck driving through the area.

Some bystanders said they thought the house was vacant but one man said he has a friend who bought a motorcycle from someone at that house about a week ago. The unidentified man didn't know the name of the occupants.

Initially, the fire was believed to be in the Funkstown area and Chief Jon Gift set up a command post at the scene. Later, it was determined the house was in Hagerstown's area and Capt. Justin Mayhue took charge of the fire scene.

Fire marshals were on the scene, but they were unavailable for comment.

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