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Blaze destroys vacant house in Hagerstown

November 26, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Fire Department on Thursday was still investigating the cause of a Wednesday night fire that destroyed a vacant house at 231 Summit Ave., Deputy Fire Chief Ron Horn said.

The fire was reported at about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Horn said.

No one was injured, he said.

About 60 firefighters from all six Hagerstown fire stations responded to the fire along with Community Rescue Service, the Emergency Air Unit and the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit, Horn said.

Companies from Halfway, Maugansville and Longmeadow covered the city while the Hagerstown Fire Department was busy with the fire, he said.

The fire traveled quickly through the floors and walls of the two-story wood frame house, Horn said.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, he said.

"The firefighters did an excellent job of knocking it out quick," Horn said, adding that if the fire had started later at night, it might have been more serious.

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Firefighters remained on the scene until about 2 a.m., and the Hagerstown Fire Marshal was on the scene until about 7 a.m., Horn said.

The fire caused extensive structural damage to the first and second floors, destroying a set of stairs, he said.

The house shares a common wall with the neighboring 233 Summit Ave., which had some smoke damage, he said.

Horn said there was no evidence that anyone had been living in the house.

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