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Fire displaces city family

December 10, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - A house fire on South Locust Street on Saturday night forced a family to look for another home, an American Red Cross official said.

At first, it looked as though two or possibly three families would be displaced, said Cindy Blackstock, the director of emergency services for the Washington County chapter of the Red Cross.

However, the Hagerstown Fire Department did a good job of minimizing the damage, so only one family was affected, she said.

The fire, at 224 S. Locust St., was reported shortly before 6 p.m., according to a Washington County emergency dispatcher.

About 30 minutes later, a Hagerstown Fire Department official said at the scene that people were home when the fire started, but they got out OK and no one was injured.

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Thick smoke could be seen pouring from a side window on the second floor of 224 S. Locust St., which is part of the same brick building as 226 S. Locust St., south of East Baltimore Street.

Crowds of people lined the sidewalks, watching firefighters combat the heavy smoke.

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation property records online say that Jose Refugio Duran and Enedina Duran own 224 S. Locust St., which was built in 1905.

The dispatcher said most firefighters left the scene about 9 p.m.

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