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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2011
Two apartments were damaged in a noon fire Tuesday at 1780 Wisteria Drive near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Garman Drive. The fire started on a kitchen stove in an upstairs apartment, Fayetteville Fire Co. Assistant Chief Collin Anderson said. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver was on the scene to pinpoint the cause. "We believe it was accidental," said Dustin Ulrich, a deputy chief for Fayetteville Fire Co. An ambulance took a woman to Chambersburg Hospital for a non-life threatening medical issue.
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May 28, 2013
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said it was investigating the cause of a minor fire that was reported early Sunday at an apartment building at 42 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport. The fire started when someone set combustible clothing on fire that was being stored near the sidewalk of the building, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. The fire, which was reported at 3:49 a.m. by a neighbor, caused an estimated $200 in damages. Authorities said the fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived.
NEWS
October 13, 2011
Two Martinsburg men have been charged in connection with gunshots fired inside an apartment building early Thursday in the 300 block of West King Street, the Martinsburg Police Department said. Ronald A. Gass, 21, of 301 Fontana Circle, was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and one count of obstructing an officer, according to a police department news release. Derrick D. Tigney, 34, of 303 W. John St., was charged with one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 3, 2012
It took Hagerstown firefighters about five minutes to extinguish a fire that started Tuesday morning in the walls of an apartment building at 632-634 W. Washington St., city fire officials said. There was a smoldering fire in the walls when firefighters arrived shortly after 9 a.m., Battalion Fire Chief Mark Cleck said. "It was around the window jamb," Cleck said. "We had to take the window out. " Cleck said at the scene that he wouldn't know the cause of the fire until the Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office completed its investigation.
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By C.J. LOVELACE and RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | June 27, 2013
An apartment building off Little Elliott Drive in Hagerstown was evacuated Thursday night after a small fire broke out inside one of the units, according to city fire official at the scene. Battalion Chief Brian Pile said that flames broke out in the closet area of Apt. 7 of the second floor in the building at 12833 Cortland Apartments. Damage was minimal, and it appeared that mostly clothes were destroyed before the building's sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, Pile said.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 6, 2006
The city of Hagerstown has condemned an apartment building on an alley off West Church Street, forcing tenants in six units to find new homes. John Lestitian, the city's chief code compliance officer, said the 12 units at 177-199 Berkson Ave. have problems severe enough to shut down the building. Lestitian said the roof is leaking and there are signs of what appears to be mold. Derek Hutzell, 28, a tenant, said his ceiling in his apartment caved in. The city ordered a section of the building that includes Hutzell's apartment to be torn down, Lestitian said.
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BY MARLO BARNHART | May 20, 2002
A two-alarm fire ignited by "some type of explosion" heavily damaged an apartment building Sunday morning at 38-40 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown. The cause of the blaze is suspicious, said Hagerstown Fire Battalion Chief Randy Myers. No one was hurt in the 12:23 a.m. fire, which also did moderate damage to 42 Randolph Ave., Myers said. "We had a lot of fire when we got there, especially on the east side of the building," said Capt. Justin Mayhue of the Hagerstown Fire Department.
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By C.J. LOVELACE and RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | June 27, 2013
An apartment building off Little Elliott Drive in Hagerstown was evacuated Thursday night after a small fire broke out inside one of the units, according to city fire official at the scene. Battalion Chief Brian Pile said that flames broke out in the closet area of Apt. 7 of the second floor in the building at 12833 Cortland Apartments. Damage was minimal, and it appeared that mostly clothes were destroyed before the building's sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, Pile said.
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NEWS
May 28, 2013
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said it was investigating the cause of a minor fire that was reported early Sunday at an apartment building at 42 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport. The fire started when someone set combustible clothing on fire that was being stored near the sidewalk of the building, according to a news release from the fire marshal's office. The fire, which was reported at 3:49 a.m. by a neighbor, caused an estimated $200 in damages. Authorities said the fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
Two people were injured and 26 residents were displaced when a fire tore through an apartment building early Thursday at the Fairlawn Gardens apartment complex in Martinsburg, W.Va., a fire official said. Martinsburg Fire Capt. Greg Hoover said the occupant of the apartment where the fire started and another person who jumped from a balcony to escape the fire were taken to Berkeley Medical Center to be treated for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. “The roof was burned off about half the building,” Hoover said.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
A reported stabbing early Friday led Martinsburg police to a West Race Street apartment where they found 113 grams of crack cocaine and about $11,300, the police department announced. The investigation ultimately led to the discovery of a stolen AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and a stolen shotgun, and ammunition found in the storage unit in Berkeley County, police said. The name of a man who was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg for a knife wound on his neck was not released by police, pending further investigation.
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April 7, 2013
Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said he expected tenants of a downtown Hagerstown apartment building would be able to return to their homes Sunday after a report of smoke in the building's basement. Hagerstown firefighters responded to 25 1/2 W. Franklin St. at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday for the incident. No injuries were reported, officials said. DeHaven said the smoke came from a basement mechanical room that contained a furnace, but he did not know Sunday afternoon whether the smoke came from the furnace.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
A 13-year-old boy has been referred to juvenile authorities in connection with fires set in the hallways of two apartment buildings on Selema Drive on Sunday afternoon, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said in a news release Monday. The fires, set in the hallways of two Woodbridge Apartments buildings at 11515 and 11545 Selema Drive, were quickly extinguished, the fire marshal said. The fires, reported at about 5 p.m. in both buildings, involved Pokemon cards being set on fire, causing carpet damage, the release said.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
A Martinsburg man has been charged with starting a fire that caused damage to an apartment building where he lived on North High Street, the Martinsburg Police Department said. Donald William Smith, 58, of 232 N. High St., was arraigned Wednesday on one count of first-degree arson in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to police and court documents. Police allege Smith lit a mattress on fire and threw it over his porch at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The fire spread to his apartment building, causing structural damage to the porch and side of the building before firefighters could extinguish the flames.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.co | July 1, 2012
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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By DAN DEARTH and DAVE McMILLION | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com; davem@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
Unattended cooking caused a fire Monday night at an apartment building on Hamilton Boulevard in Hagerstown that sent a woman to the hospital and displaced the building's occupants, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Tuesday. “Grease caught fire and spread to the rest of the kitchen,” DeHaven said Tuesday of the fire in a nine-unit apartment building at 908 Hamilton Blvd. “It was a typical cooking fire.” DeHaven said a 25-year-old woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown to be treated for smoke inhalation.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
A Hagerstown man who was injured in a fire that claimed the lives of two family members, including a 3-year-old girl, remained in critical condition Monday at a Baltimore hospital. Quinten Coldsmith Jr., 64, was listed in critical condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Coldsmith was injured April 18 when a fire tore through the top floor of an apartment building at 334 Summit Ave. The body of Coldsmith's daughter, 43-year-old Patricia Goins, was found in the ruins.
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