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Morning fire drives families from home

July 28, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Two families were displaced Friday morning after a house fire on Leitersburg Pike.

The fire at 19461 Leitersburg Pike was called in to emergency services at 3:09 a.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Firefighters from Long Meadow, Maugansville, Hagerstown Engine 3 and Leitersburg spent about 45 minutes putting out the fire, the dispatcher said.

No injuries were reported, he said.

The home was a farmhouse that was divided into two residences. Five people lived in one of the residences, and two people lived in the other.

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An overloaded power strip probably caused the fire, which started in a second-floor living room, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the home, and destroyed about $10,000 worth of possessions, according to the release.

The Red Cross was called to the scene, and has provided lodging, food and clothing for the families, said Mike Mowen, director of emergency services for the Red Cross.

A friend was asking for donations to help one the of two families displaced.

Chrisi Blair said donations can be made to the family through a credit union account.

Donations can be made to the mother, father, two daughters and niece through Bulldog Federal Credit Union to an account in the name of Wayne E. Dick.

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