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Fire displaces two families in Hancock

October 03, 2007


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HANCOCK ? Firefighters responding to numerous reports of a house fire Wednesday morning arrived at 159 W. High St. and found a second house and a garage were also ablaze, fire officials said.

The initial call went out at 9:05 a.m. for Hancock firefighters. Once on the scene, a second alarm was called in so additional firefighters and equipment would be dispatched to get the fire under control.

At 9:47 a.m., firefighters reported the fire was "knocked down," though areas in the houses were still showing flames which were then being doused, fire officials said.

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A short time later, however, some firefighters were called back to extinguish some stubborn areas that were still burning.

Two families were displaced ? a single man in one house and a husband, wife and three children from another, fire officials said.

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to assist both families.

There were no injuries reported in the operation, fire officials said.

A Maryland State fire marshal was dispatched to determine how the fire began.

The 100 block of High Street runs parallel to Main Street, one block to the north and behind the Sheetz Convenience Store.

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