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By DAN DEARTH and C.J. LOVELACE | | April 20, 2012
Hagerstown officials have identified the victims of an apartment fire in the city Wednesday afternoon that claimed the life of one woman and critically injured three of her family members. Patricia M. Goins, 43, died in the fire at 334 Summit Ave., city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release Thursday afternoon. Goins' father, Quintin H. Coldsmith, 64, and her 3-year-old daughter, Hope E. Goins, are being treated at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
March 21, 2012
Two new blasts and brief bursts of gunfire have sounded near the apartment building where a suspected gunman behind a deadly string of shootings in southwest France is holed up. An Interior Ministry official said, however, that no assault was under way to capture 24-year-old suspect Mohamed Merah, who boasted to authorities of an aim to bring France “to its knees” with an al-Qaida-linked terror spree.
By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
December 25, 2011
An electrical fire caused minor damage to a Waynesboro apartment building on Christmas Day, officials said. A representative from the Waynesboro Fire Department said firefighters were sent to an apartment building at 212 W. Main St. for an inside investigation, which a Franklin County 911 dispatcher said was for possible smoke. Once inside, firefighters discovered an electrical fire had started in the building's attic, a fire department representative said. The building sustained minor damage and no one was believed to have been displaced from their homes, according to the fire department representative.
December 3, 2011
At least six fire companies responded Saturday afternoon to an apartment fire that was reported about 3:20 p.m. at Londontowne Apartments in the 500 block of Bentley Court near Hagerstown. Eric Fraley, deputy chief of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived. "I saw heavy fire and heavy smoke," Fraley said. "People were running everywhere. " Fraley said around 4:05 p.m. that he was getting ready to go into the apartment building to assess the damage and possibly determine the cause.
November 22, 2011
Unattended cooking caused a fire that raged through an apartment building and displaced at least nine people Monday evening on West Washington Street in Hagerstown, City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said. DeHaven said the fire was reported at 6:11 p.m. in a four-unit apartment building at 812-814 W. Washington St. The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to at least nine people who were living in the building, DeHaven said. “It looks like they'll be displaced for a significant amount of time,” he said.
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.
September 12, 2011
An electrical failure caused about $50,000 in damages to a three-story apartment/office building Sunday at 5 N. Conococheague St. in Williamsport, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire started at about 11:20 a.m. in exhaust fans above the bathroom in the first floor of Jewells & Jewells Used Appliances, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Damages were estimated at $45,000 to the structure and $5,000 to the contents, The fire marshal's office said it took 47 firefighters about 35 minutes to control the blaze.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | 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.
August 24, 2009
Jewelry stolen from Kmart in Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Someone broke into a Kmart in Martinsburg early Monday, smashed the jewelry counters and stole jewelry, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison said. The break-in happened at about 1 a.m. at the Kmart at 1287 Winchester Ave., Harmison said. Someone threw something through the front door, went inside, took the jewelry and left, he said. An employee was in the store's back room when the break-in occurred, but by the time he came out, the intruder had left, Harmison said.
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