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Two families displaced when fire damages Hagerstown duplex

December 23, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • An early morning fire Friday heavily damaged this duplex at 509-511 W. Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown. Two famillies were displaced.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Two families were displaced when a fire damaged their West Wilson Boulevard duplex early Friday, Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Kyd Dieterich said.

The fire at 509-511 W. Wilson Blvd. was reported by a neighbor at 12:16 a.m., Dieterich said. The residents were not home, but a dog inside was rescued by firefighters, he said.

No residents were injured, but a firefighter was taken to the hospital with chest pains, Dieterich said.

All but one of the city fire companies responded to the fire, along with Community Rescue Service, the Emergency Air Unit and the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit, Dieterich said. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes, but it took at least an hour to put it out completely, he said.
Firefighters remained at the scene until almost 5 a.m., he said.

“It’s rebuildable,” Dieterich said of the wood-frame duplex. “There’s heavy damage to the front and both sides of the structure ... the front porch is pretty well destroyed and the front living room on the right side is gutted.”

The fire also melted some of the siding on the neighboring house west of 511 W. Wilson Blvd., he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office, Dieterich said.

The residents of 511 were out of town, and the residents of 509 arrived home around the same time firefighters reached the scene, Dieterich said. The residents of 509 said they had a place to stay, he said.

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