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House in Halfway is damaged by fire

October 01, 2005|By Tamela Baker

HALFWAY

Investigators were attempting Friday to determine the cause of an afternoon fire that gutted a brick ranch-style home in Halfway.

No one was injured in the blaze at 815 Armstrong Ave., which was reported at 2 p.m., Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Myers said. The fire was out by about 2:10 p.m., Myers said.

The fire burned a hole in the roof of the single-story home and appeared to have destroyed the front rooms in the house. Smoke could be seen wafting through the charred frame of a bow window in front, and firefighters removed a smoking piece of debris that smoldered on the front lawn.

Myers did not know who lived in the house, but state tax records show the property is owned by Paul W. Hess, whose phone number also is listed at that address.

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The American Red Cross was called to assist with the home's occupant, said Cindy Blackstock, director of emergency services for the Washington County chapter.

Crews from Western Enterprise, South Hagerstown, Halfway and Funkstown fire companies and Washington County Air Unit 25 responded.

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