Hagerstown family escapes house fire

January 15, 2006

A Hagerstown family of four escaped from its burning home early Saturday uninjured, but unable to return because of the damage, Deputy Fire Chief Ron Horn said.

When firefighters arrived at 31 S. Locust St. just after midnight, there was heavy fire showing from the rear of the first floor of the double house, Horn said.

"There were smoke detectors sounding when I got there," Horn said.

Numerous calls were received by dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications about the fire.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze. Horn said the cause was still under investigation late Saturday.

Damage to 31 S. Locust St. was extensive, Horn said. The adjoining residence at 29 S. Locust St. had smoke damage only.


Firefighters from First Hose, Antietam, Junior and Pioneer Hook and Ladder responded to the blaze under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Myers. Community Rescue Service also was on the scene, although no one needed to be transported to the hospital.

Emergency personnel were on the scene until just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to see to the emergency housing needs of the family. Bob McEnroe, disaster team chairman, said the family was directed to a motel and given an emergency kit of personal hygiene items.

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