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Hagerstown Fire Department helps clear water in basements at two homes near hospital demolition site

July 08, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Fire Department helped people at two homes next to the Washington County Hospital demolition site, where water has been leaking since Thursday into basements, Capt. Mark Cleck said Friday.

Firefighters got a call for assistance at 3:54 p.m. Thursday from 23 S. Cannon Ave., Cleck said. Firefighters discovered the neighbors at 21 S. Cannon Ave. also had water leaking into their basement.

It appears the water might be coming from water the demolition contractor has been spraying to keep down dust and particulates, per Maryland Department of the Environment regulations, said John Lestitian, Hagerstown's director of community and economic development.

Hagerstown officials checked the city water system and there was no leak, Lestitian said.  

The contractor was notified of the problem Friday morning and was going to cut the number of hoses spraying water back from two to one and was going to check with state environmental officials about alternative ways to control dust, Lestitian said.

The contractor who holds the demolition permit is Brandenburg Industrial Services Co. of Bethlehem, Pa., Lestitian said.

Cleck said firefighters left a sump pump at 23 S. Cannon Ave. that was keeping up with the water leak. There was 2 to 3 inches of water in some places in that basement, Cleck said.

The other home had about 1 1/2 inches of water in the basement, Cleck said.

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