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Two taken to hospitals from blaze at 46 E. North Ave. in Hagerstown

April 08, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Firefighters put out hot spots at 46 E. North Ave. in Hagerstown after a fire there sent two people to hospitals Monday morning.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Two people were taken to hospitals with burns sustained in a house fire on East North Avenue in Hagerstown on Monday morning, a fire official said.

Four people were in the house at 46 E. North Ave. when the fire erupted, and two were taken to Meritus Medical Center with burns, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. One of the two victims was then taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Two people at the house were not injured.

The names of the people involved were not available from DeHaven as of 4 p.m. Monday.

The fire damaged the top floors of a three-story, single-family home at 46 E. North Ave., said Mark Cleck, battalion chief for Hagerstown Fire Department.

“There was significant damage to the second and third floors of the house,” he said. 

DeHaven said that the cause of the fire was under investigation, but said he was “pretty comfortable” that the fire was accidental.

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One of the occupants, who was later taken to Meritus, was rescued by firefighters from a second-floor roof in the back of the residence, Cleck said

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to put out the fire, which was called in at about 7:30 a.m., Cleck said. 

Firefighters, at one point, were on the top floor and on the roof, hosing down the building. They also broke out windows on the top floors for ventilation.

The house at 42 E. North Ave., next door to 46 E. North Ave., had some minor heat damage on the side.

“We had the fire contained mostly to the original fire building,” Cleck said. “We did have some damage to 42 North Ave. as well.”

Angel Fear, who lives at 40 E. North Ave. with her boyfriend and three children, said she was getting her son ready for school when she heard sirens.

“We saw all the firetrucks coming down the street, we came out and then the whole house was just in flames,” said Fear, 23. “I was in shock.”

Tunisia Frazier, who lives at 64 E. North Ave., said she was awakened by the sirens.

“We just saw flames shooting out of the house,” she said. “I just felt bad. You see the people around the neighborhood and you just don’t want something like this to happen.”


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