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Families displaced by fire

April 09, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - A fire in downtown Hagerstown early Sunday displaced at least five families and sent two firefighters to the hospital.

The fire at 136 S. Potomac St. started about 4:30 a.m. and damaged several apartments, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Myers said. The cause of the fire was still under investigation Sunday night.

"When (firefighters) got there, they had heavy fire in the second and third floor," he said.

Myers said the fire started on the second floor and spread to the third floor and into parts of 138 S. Potomac St. There was water and smoke damage to the first floor of 136 S. Potomac St., he said.

The fire was under control in about an hour, Myers said.

At least five families living in the buildings were unable to return home, he said.

Mike Mowen, director of emergency services for the American Red Cross of Washington County, said the agency was assisting at least 10 people displaced by the fire.

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"We provided lodging, food and clothing for those five families," he said.

Three firefighters were injured, and two were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. Mowen said they had been released by 10 a.m. Sunday.

One of the firefighters had a foot injury, and the other had a back injury, Mowen said. The injured firefighter who was not treated at the hospital suffered from heat exhaustion, Mowen said.

He said all fire companies in Hagerstown responded to the fire, along with Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. and the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

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