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Fire damages Chambersburg home

November 06, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A woman and two of her children will be staying with relatives after their home was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon.

The call for a fire at 48 N. Federal St. was dispatched at about 3:30 p.m., and the blaze caused fire damage to a rear first-floor bathroom, and heavy smoke and heat damage to the rest of the house, Emergency Services Chief Terry Osborne said. The cause of the fire had not been determined, he said.

"There were flames in the bathroom," said Stephanie Hawley, who had just parked behind the house and was about to enter when she saw the flames.

Osborne said the fire might have been burning for a while before it was discovered. Once it was determined no one was inside, the fire was quickly put out, he said.

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The utilities to the house will be cut off until the cause of the fire is determined, he said.

Hawley, who rents the house from parents Stephen and Grace Hawley, said she and her children will stay with her parents until repairs are made. Firefighters had broken out several windows to vent the two-story house.

Grace Hawley said the property was insured.

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