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Hagerstown man sustains burns to arm at a house fire on East North Avenue

September 08, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • This home at 61 E. North Ave. in Hagerstown was damaged by fire Saturday night, leaving it uninhabitable. One man was injured in the blaze.
By Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer

A Hagerstown man was taken to a Baltimore burn unit, primarily for burns to an arm, after a house fire Saturday night on East North Avenue that left the house uninhabitable, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Sunday morning.

The fire at 61 E. North Ave. was reported at 10:16 p.m. Saturday, according to emergency service officials.

The initial report came from a home security system, but at least one neighbor also called 911, DeHaven said. The home had multiple working smoke detectors, he said.

Firefighters were at the house fire until about 11 a.m. Sunday because there were a lot of things for fire officials to look at while attempting to determine what led to the fire, DeHaven said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cause of the fire was undetermined and still under investigation, DeHaven said.

The adult male with burns to the arm was initially taken to Meritus Medical Center and then transferred to a burn unit in Baltimore, DeHaven said.

DeHaven said Sunday afternoon that the man’s injuries did not appear to be serious and he was taken to the burn center as a precaution.

DeHaven said the man was not the only occupant of the 2 1/2-story brick house, but he was the only one home at the time of the fire.

A firefighter had a minor injury, but was treated at the scene and released, DeHaven said.

Approximately 40 firefighters from the Hagerstown Fire Department and Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. responded to the fire, which also caused minor damage to a neighboring house at 55 E. North Ave., DeHaven said. A window of the neighboring home was damaged, but that home was still livable, he said.

On North Avenue, homes are just a few feet away from each other, DeHaven said.

That area is about a block from Fairgrounds Park.

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