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Hagerstown fire ruled arson

November 23, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- A vacant apartment building on West Antietam Street in Hagerstown was damaged Sunday in a fire that was intentionally set, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas DeHaven.

Firefighters were called to 140 W. Antietam St. at about 9:40 a.m., and arrived to find smoke coming from the first floor and fire coming from the first-floor window, said Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Russell Grim.

He said the source of the fire and the extent of the damage was unknown. DeHaven said Sunday that the fire was intentionally set, but said he did not know who started it.

"I'm not going into too many details because this is a criminal case," he said. "I'm not saying how it was set. We know there was forced entry into the building and we know the fire was intentionally set."

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DeHaven said he was unsure of the extent of the damage and the value of what was lost.

It was believed that the building had eight or nine apartments inside.

Grim said the apartment building was vacant at the time of the fire. The four-story brick building was built in 1900, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. It is owned by Hagerstown Table Corp.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

West Antietam Street was closed until at least noon.

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