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Man in critical condition after house fire

April 22, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- A Williamsport man was in critical condition Thursday morning in a Baltimore hospital following a house fire Wednesday morning.

Kenny Wright suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The blaze at 316 S. Artizan St. was reported at 3:59 a.m., a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

Numerous fire and rescue units responded to the scene, the dispatcher said. About 45 firefighters from Williamsport, Halfway, Funkstown, Fairplay, Clear Spring, the Special Operations Team, and the Air and Rehab units responded to the scene, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said in a press release.

The fire caused $100,000 in damage to the single-story wood-frame house, Ernst said. It also caused about $10,000 in damage to the contents of the home, he said.

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A neighbor discovered the fire, which started in a bedroom.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Ernst said.


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