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Fire races through Northern Avenue house

Man taken to Meritus Medical Center to be examined

June 07, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Fire raced through a two-story house at 950 Northern Ave. Tuesday evening, blowing flames outside a second-story window, according to a spokesman for the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co.
By Dave McMillion, Staff Writer

Fire raced through a two-story house at 950 Northern Ave. Tuesday evening, blowing flames outside a second-story window, according to a spokesman for the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co.

When firefighters arrived at the house near the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue, they entered the front door with a fire hose and started battling the fire on the first floor, Lt. Zachary Thomas said.

The fire also extended into the second floor, Thomas said.

Because of extreme heat firefighters were facing in the home, more departments were called to the scene, Thomas said.

There was a male inside the home at the time and a sheriff's deputy helped him get outside, Thomas said.

Thomas said he thinks the male was taken to Meritus Medical Center to be examined. The male's condition did not appear to be life-threatening, he said.

"He was standing outside," Thomas said.

The fire was reported at 6:46 p.m. and was under control by 7:30 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

In addition to firefighters inside, other firefighters were battling the fire over the roof from a ladder. A short time later, flames started shooting through the roof.

Thomas said at the scene that he did not know what started the blaze. Fire investigators will work to determine a cause, he said.

Spectators watched the fire from Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence across the street along Northern Avenue.

Firefighters from Maugansville, Hagerstown, Funkstown and Leitersburg also responded.

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