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Police, fire briefs

July 08, 2010

Smithsburg company puts out stove fire



RINGGOLD -- The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. responded to a minor stove fire at 2:37 a.m. Thursday at 25625 Military Road, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.

The fire was put out shortly after firefighters arrived at the scene, the dispatcher said.

Fire departments from Franklin County, Pa., also were dispatched, a news release from Franklin County Emergency Services said.

Man found dead



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --

A 47-year-old man was found dead Thursday in a wooded area next to a field in the vicinity of the Oasis Club in the 2400 block of Williamsport Pike, police said.

The man's identity was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison said.

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Harmison said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The man was found about 2:40 p.m., Harmison said. Medics with the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority and a Berkeley County Medical Examiner also responded, Harmison confirmed.

Crews respond to grass fire



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A grass fire at 15673 South Young Road in Antrim Township, Pa., encroached on two mobile homes, but firefighters from Rescue Hose Co. and Maugansville Fire Department extinguished it before structure damage occurred, according to a news release from Dave Hann, assistant fire chief from Rescue Hose Co.

Hann said the Wednesday afternoon fire was apparently caused by wires from a utility pole transformer. He said dry grass is extremely flammable, even when cut.

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