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Several vehicles damaged in garage fire on E. Franklin St.

January 20, 2012
  • The scene of a garage fire at the rear of 36 E. Franklin St. in downtown Hagerstown. Several vehicles were damaged in the blaze.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The Hagerstown Fire Department was at the scene of a garage fire Friday night in what appeared to be a auto shop to the rear of 36 E. Franklin St.

Combustible materials too close to a woodstove was the apparent cause of the fire, which damaged several vehicles and motorcycles, Hagerstown City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said.

The fire was called in at 8:51 p.m. and took about 15 minutes to bring under control, Battalion Chief Russell Grim said.

There were about six cars and three or four motorcycles in the three-bay garage that faced onto Center Alley, he said.

The vehicles included what appeared to be at least one vintage Mustang and a Chevrolet Chevelle. The vehicles had all sustained damage, Grim said.

Charred insulation and other debris from the ceiling had fallen onto some of the vehicles. The rear of the interior of the shop appeared to have the heaviest fire damage.

One firefighter was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of an injury from a ground-level fall, DeHaven said. The injury did not appear to be serious, he said.

Thirty-six firefighters from all city stations responded to the scene, along with Community Rescue Service and the county’s Special Operations, Air and Rehab units, DeHaven said.

As of 11 p.m., firefighters were still on the scene, DeHaven said. The owner of the building had not been notified, but the tenants who rented it had been at the scene, he said.

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