Crews busy with three fires in Washington County

October 05, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

Two people were injured Thursday night in a propane fire at Rayloc Co. in Hancock, a Washington County emergency services dispatcher said.

The fire, the first of at least three in the county, started around 7:30 p.m. in an outbuilding at 100 Rayloc Drive and involved propane tanks, the dispatcher said. Two burn victims who refused treatment at the scene later went to Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, he said.

Later Thursday night, an attic fire filled the 400 block of West Wilson Boulevard with dark smoke, displacing a family of six for the night, the Hagerstown Fire Department said.

Firefighters arrived at the 2 1/2-story duplex at 417 W. Wilson Blvd. around 8:30 p.m. and were able to control the fire within 10 minutes, Deputy Chief Ron Horn said.


Kim Preudhomme said she and her four children were at home when the fire broke out and all five got out safely, but the family did not know whether their three cats had gotten out.

Holly Preudhomme, 13, discovered the fire in her attic bedroom, her mother said.

"She started shouting, 'Mom, Mom, smoke is pouring out of the door,'" Kim Preudhomme said. Holly said she thought the fire had started in a closet, and the family was baffled as to the cause, considering there was no electricity in the closet and no one was in the attic when the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Thursday night. Horn said he thought there would be extensive damage to the attic and some smoke damage to the rest of the house, including the adjoining half, No. 415.

Later Thursday night, the Hagerstown Fire Department responded to another reported house fire at 124 East Ave., but discovered it already was out.

An oven mitt on a stove caught fire, and the resident put it out by dropping the mitt in the sink, Horn said.

The resident was not injured, but he was taken to the hospital as a precaution because of breathing problems apparently brought on by the excitement, Horn said.

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