Police briefs

December 06, 2006

Woman, children escape burning house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman and several children she was baby-sitting escaped unharmed Tuesday afternoon from a fire in her house, according to Chambersburg acting Emergency Services Chief William Dubbs.

The fire at 478 Elm Ave. was called in at about 1:35 p.m. and apparently originated in a crawlspace under the house, Dubbs said. There was smoke damage throughout the house, but the fire was otherwise contained to the crawlspace, he said.

The cause was undetermined and Dubbs said he and a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal would continue the investigation today.

"The hardest part was getting underneath and making sure nothing was still smoldering" in the crawlspace, Dubbs said. Firefighters had to cut a hole in a hallway floor to get to the fire.

There were smoke detectors in the house, but they were not working, Dubbs said.

Dubbs did not know how many children were in the house at the time of the fire. He said the woman made arrangements to stay with family members until repairs to the house are made.


- Don Aines

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls, according to a written release from Sgt. Paul Kifer:


· At 4:52 a.m., an alleged burglary, theft and damage to property was reported in the 800 block of West Washington Street.

· At 10:10 a.m., cash was reported stolen from several locations.

· At 11:44 a.m., tires were reported damaged in the 900 block of Chestnut Street.

· At 6:25 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 1600 block of Woodlands Run.

· At 10:40 a.m., two female juveniles were charged at North Hagerstown High School with second-degree assault and disturbing school.


· At 8:59 p.m., an alleged burglary was reported in the 500 block of North Mulberry Street.

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