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Two hurt in Hagerstown house fire

April 02, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Firefighters responded Wednesday morning to a house fire on Main Avenue in Hagerstown.

Two people who lived in the home were burned, but they refused medical treatment, Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said Wednesday afternoon.

Both had minor first-degree burns, Hawbaker said.

The fire at 949 Main Ave. was reported at 7:33 a.m. Its cause was under investigation Wednesday afternoon, Hawbaker said.

About 15 firefighters responded to the fire, which started in a bedroom, Hawbaker said. The bedroom and its contents were damaged, but firefighters knocked down the fire in five to 10 minutes, Hawbaker said.

Hawbaker was unsure as to whether the home would be habitable.

The family living in the home, one adult and one child, received aid from the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Mike Mowen, director of the chapter's emergency services.

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The Red Cross provided clothing, food and housing to the family, Mowen said.

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