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UPDATE: Nearly 60 firefighters battle attic blaze on Northern Avenue

no injuries reported

August 22, 2008

A two-alarm attic fire at 850 Northern Ave. drew nearly 60 firefighters to the scene Friday afternoon.

According to emergency dispatchers, the fire call was at 1:36 p.m. Friday for the residence, which is just across the city line into Washington County. When Long Meadow firefighters arrived on the scene, a second alarm was called.

As of 3 p.m., no injuries had been reported and no one had been transported from the scene, dispatchers said.

As of 3:50 p.m., four buses to North Hagerstown High School had yet to reach the school to pick up students because of the fire equipment blocking nearby streets, said Richard Wright, public information director for Washington County Schools.

Dismissals at Fountaindale Elementary and Northern Middle schools went off as scheduled, Wright said.

Reports of an explosion couldn't be verified.

In addition to Long Meadow, there were firefighters on the scene from Maugansville, Leitersburg, Funkstown, Greencastle, Pa., were joined by units from the Hagerstown Fire Department.

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Community Rescue Service, the emergency air and rehab units were also on the scene along with special operations personnel.

Maryland fire marshals were also at the scene of the fire. No information was available Friday on the cause or extent of damages.


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