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Fire destroys garage south of Hagerstown

September 01, 2012
  • The scene Saturday afternoon of the early morning fire on Clover Heights Rd. in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Residents of a two-story home south of Hagerstown off Sharpsburg Pike escaped injury early Saturday in a blaze that caused significant damage to the structure, according to Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley.

A volunteer firefighter was treated at the scene of the fire in the 9700 block of Clover Heights Road off Kent Avenue for minor burns on the back of the neck, Fraley said.

The fire, which was reported at 4:03 a.m., destroyed a garage attached to the home and spread into the side of the home, where Fraley said four people live. The front end of a black Chevrolet Silverado parked in the driveway was heavily damaged from the fire, and bushes and trees on the neighboring property were scorched.

Fraley was first to arrive at the scene and said those who responded to put out the blaze did “a tremendous job” containing the fire.

The scene was cleared at 8:30 a.m., Fraley said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s office, Fraley said.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family, Fraley said.

Neighbor Cindy Wolfensberger, who called 911, said she spotted the fire after she awoke to use the restroom.

Wolfenberger said she heard a noise she hadn’t heard before and the sound kept getting louder.

“It sounded like it was outside my window,” Wolfensberger said.

From her living room, she caught a glimpse of fire, but wasn’t sure the home was on fire until going out to the carport.

“That’s when I could hear all the crackling,” said Wolfensberger, who doubted what she was seeing was real at first.

“I felt like I was imagining things,” Wolfensberger said.

When she ran back inside the house to get her husband, Wolfensberger said she heard the first of two loud explosions.

While on the phone with 911, Wolfensberger said the blaze grew larger and ash and sparks from the blazed drifted over and landed on her property, but didn’t cause any damage other than cause her to get her car washed Saturday.

“I feel like it was the grace of God that I woke up,” Wolfensberger said.

 Firefighters and emergency response crews from Halfway, Boonsboro, City of Hagerstown, Williamsport and Washington County joined Funkstown in responding to the fire, Fraley said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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