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Five escape injury in Hagerstown duplex fire

June 09, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Tuesday morning fire severely damaged one side of a West End duplex, displacing its five residents, Hagerstown City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said.

The fire at 33 Avalon Ave. was reported at 5:30 a.m., DeHaven said.

Three adults, a child and a teenager were home at the time of the fire, and all escaped safely, he said. No residents or firefighters were injured, he said.

The fire began in the kitchen, DeHaven said. Fire officials were still investigating the cause of the fire, he said later Tuesday morning.

A total of 18 personnel from four Hagerstown fire companies, Community Rescue Service Inc. and the county's emergency air unit responded to the fire, DeHaven said. The last units left the scene at about 7:45 a.m., he said.

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DeHaven said the fire caused significant damage to the two-story duplex with wood-frame construction.

Tony Pirrone of the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross said the Red Cross provided the residents with clothing, shoes and food.

The property management company that rents out the duplex was working to move the family to another one of its units, DeHaven said.


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