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Fire forces family of three from Hagerstown home

February 21, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

A fire Tuesday at 321 S. Locust St. in Hagerstown forced one family from their home but nobody was injured, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Hopkins said.

A dog found with soot on its face seemed healthy, he said.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the fire was reported at 1:44 p.m.

No one was home at the time, Hopkins said.

"We did have smoke evident from the second-floor window when we pulled in," Hopkins said.

The ruined remains of what appeared to be blinds hung from one window, and charred cushions sat on the sidewalk and street in front of the red brick home. Hopkins said damage seemed to be contained to one apartment, though firefighters used fans to ventilate a unit next door.

Mike Mowen, a volunteer team leader for the American Red Cross of Washington County, said a family of three adults lived at the home. He said the Red Cross put the family up in a local motel and provided members with vouchers for food and clothing.

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According to Maryland tax records, the home is owned by Courtney D. Beard of Chuck Lane in Hagerstown.

Tuesday's fire was the third blaze in four days to displace Hagerstown families. Fires at apartment buildings on South Prospect and West Washington streets Saturday and Monday forced a total of seven families from their homes.

Mike Weller, fire prevention officer for the Hagerstown Fire Department, said the causes of all three fires remained under investigation. He said he did not have estimates of the damages they caused.

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