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Fire department probes cause of Cannon Avenue attic fire

Child taken to hospital for smoke inhalation

June 09, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Fire Department is investigating the cause of an attic fire that occurred at about 3:05 p.m. Wednesday in a house at 338 N. Cannon Ave.

Deputy Fire Chief R.D. Myers said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to knock it down.

"We got it out very quickly," he said.

A boy who was crying into a blanket was taken away on a stretcher by Community Rescue Service personnel.

Myers said no other injuries were reported, but residents of the house said a cat was missing.

He said he wasn't sure whether the family would be displaced.

At about 7 p.m., Doug DeHaven, an assistant city fire marshal, said in a voice-mail message that authorities hadn't decided on a cause yet and were still investigating.

He said a child was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but he didn't know the child's condition.

Authorities blocked traffic in the 300 block of North Cannon Avenue near Fairgrounds Park while firefighters mopped up at the scene.

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The ladder from a firetruck extended to the roof of the two-story house as firefighters threw shreds of insulation out open windows.

Fire damage could be seen near the outside of attic windows on both sides of the house. Fire hoses stretched up and down the street from a fire hydrant south of the house.

The property is owned by Vanessa Barnhart, according to Maryland tax records.

Staff writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story

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