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No injuries reported in Antietam Street apartment fire

July 01, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.co

Nobody was hurt in a Sunday morning apartment fire in downtown Hagerstown, Hagerstown Fire Capt. Adam Hopkins said.


The cause of the fire, which occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday at 30 E. Antietam St., was being investigated by a Hagerstown fire marshal, Hopkins said.


About 40 firefighters responded to the fire because there was a report of people unaccounted for, but firefighters searched the entire building and didn’t find anyone inside, Hopkins said.


In addition to all five of Hagerstown’s fire engines and both ladder trucks responding, a rescue squad from Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., Community Rescue Service, the Washington County Emergency Air Unit, the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit and Washington County Special Operations also responded, Hopkins said.

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Firefighters got a call at 7:12 a.m. and found smoke coming out of the side of the three-story brick apartment building, Hopkins said.


Within 15 minutes, firefighters had a fire in a second-floor apartment kitchen out and stopped the fire from progressing on the third floor, Hopkins said. The fire had spread to a third-floor apartment through the walls and ceiling, so firefighters had to rip open the ceiling and floor in between the two apartments to ensure the fire was out, he said.


Tenants were allowed back in the apartment building, but Hopkins said he didn’t expect the tenants who lived in the second-floor apartment where the fire was to stay there.


Hopkins said a rehab area was established to help firefighters because of the heat. He described the weather at the time as muggy.


As of 9:25 a.m. Sunday, the temperature was 82.5 degrees, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

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