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7-year-old hurt in downtown garage fire

June 30, 2006

A 7-year-old girl was injured Thursday in a fire that destroyed a garage on North Prospect Street in Hagerstown.

According to Battalion Chief Kyd Dieterich, one cat died in the fire at 666 N. Prospect St., and a girl was taken to the hospital with what he said he believed was "a minor injury." Dieterich did not identify the girl.

Dieterich said the cat died after being taken to a veterinary clinic.

The firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:44 p.m., and they still were cleaning up about two hours later.

"We had heavy fire showing at the garage doors," Dieterich said. "What was in the garage was a total loss."

Standing water and the charred and sodden remains of chairs and a mattress lay outside the four-door, cement-block garage after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Ed Snook, the owner of the garage, stood outside the soot-streaked building as firefighters prepared to leave the scene. He said he did not know the girl who was injured.

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The building sustained heavy damage, Dieterich said.

Neither Snook nor Dieterich had an estimate about the total value of damages.

Snook said he did not know what he planned to do with the garage. One part of the roof had a gaping hole.

Snook just shook his head.

"Nothing I can do about it, it's already over with," he said.

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