HAGERSTOWN - A family of eight was left homeless Tuesday morning when a fire ripped through their home in Hagerstown's South End, Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker said.
The fire, reported at 5:23 a.m., started in the living room of the two-story duplex at 30 Garlinger Ave. when wooden crafts too close to a baseboard heater ignited, Assistant City Fire Marshal Rich Miller said.
It was the fourth fire in less than a week in the Tri-State area caused by improper use of heaters.
On Saturday, five people died in a Berkeley County, W.Va., fire caused by combustibles too close to a kerosene heater, and a Hagerstown family of five was left homeless after an electric heater left unattended ignited combustibles, fire officials have said.
Two adults and six children living at the Garlinger Avenue house were able to escape the blaze through the back door before firefighters arrived, Hawbaker said.