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Fire displaces Williamsport family

November 14, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

WILLIAMSPORT -- A family of four was displaced Thursday night when a fire gutted its West Potomac Street apartment, Williamsport fire officials said.

The fire at 42 W. Potomac St. was reported at 6:54 p.m., said Fred Cole, captain of Williamsport Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The building is a duplex, and the upstairs of No. 42 side was gutted while the downstairs sustained smoke and light water damage, Cole said.

A mother and three young children were displaced by the fire, said Donna Beard, a volunteer with the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross, which was providing the family with food, clothing and lodging.

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The No. 44 side of the building only had smoke damage, Cole said.

Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes, but remained on the scene for more than two hours doing salvage and overhaul to ensure it was out, Cole said.

About 45 firefighters responded from companies in Williamsport, Halfway, Clear Spring, Maugansville and Funkstown, Cole said. The state fire marshal's office and Washington County's Emergency Air Unit and Special Operations Team also were at the scene, he said.

Potomac Street was closed between Conococheague and Vermont streets, Cole said.

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