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UPDATE: Man seriously injured today in Hagerstown house fire

January 30, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- One man was seriously injured Wednesday morning in a house fire on Prospect Street in Hagerstown.

A man in his 40s was in respiratory arrest on the second floor of the home at 452 N. Prospect St. when firefighters found him, said Ron Horn, deputy chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The man was revived and taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Horn said Wednesday morning.

No additional information about the man's condition was available Wednesday night.

Assistant State's Attorney Bob Veil was on the scene, which is standard procedure when there is a chance a fire could result in a fatality.

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A young female and an older female also were in the home when the fire broke out about 8:40 a.m., Horn said.

All of the fire units from the city of Hagerstown, including five engines and two ladder companies, responded to the fire. Between 35 and 40 firefighters were at the scene.

Fire officials said the second floor of the home sustained significant damage, and the home was not in a livable condition.

At one point around 9 a.m., smoke could be seen coming from a window on the top floor of the duplex.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined, Horn said.

Five people who lived in the home received help from the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Mike Mowen, disaster specialist for the chapter. The Red Cross provided food, shelter and clothing, Mowen said.

"It's fire season, be careful," he said.

The one-way Prospect Street was blocked off Wednesday morning between Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue while firefighters were at the scene, Hagerstown police said.


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