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Fire damages duplex in Williamsport

no one injured

November 16, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • A ladder from a Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. truck extends to the second floor of a duplex at 42 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport on Friday morning. No one was injured in the fire.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — A Friday morning fire in Williamsport damaged a duplex  at 42 W. Potomac St., near the downtown area.

Williamsport Assistant Fire Chief Mark Kopp said heavy smoke was showing at the front of the building at the corner of West Potomac and North Vermont streets when firefighters arrived at about 8:05 a.m.

“When they went in, there was heavy fire” on the first floor, Kopp said.

He said no one was injured in the fire, but believed a pet had to be taken outside. He was not sure what happened to the animal.

The state fire marshal’s office was on the scene investigating the cause of the blaze.

Kopp said the house started on the first floor of the 42 W. Potomac St. portion of the duplex.

It took firefighters about 10 to 15 minutes to get the blaze under control. He said they had plenty of water with which to fight the fire because there is a hydrant in front of the building.

Kristy Wigington, who said she lives on the third floor of the left-hand side of the duplex said that side was apartments and the other side of the duplex, at 44 W. Potomac, was one home.

Wigington said she was asleep when the fire started.

“I was on the third floor when I heard the smoke alarms going off. I was sound asleep,” Wigington said.

She said she first thought the noise was a clothes dryer, but quickly realized there was a fire in the building.

She said she started knocking on doors to get people out of the house. When she touched a door on the first floor, she found it to be hot.

“It scared me, it really did,” Wigington said.

“Thank God for the smoke detectors,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the smoke detectors, we would all be dead.”

Wigington said she was sure the building’s occupants would have to find other places to stay.

Units from Maryland and West Virginia were on the scene.

They included units from Halfway, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Maugansville, Sharpsburg, Washington County Special Operations, and Bedington, W.Va.

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