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August 4, 2013
A 56-year-old man was taken to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center after he showed up at a building housing the city fire marshal's office on Church Street Sunday morning with burns to his right hand, said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven. The victim, Benjamin Mock Jr., told authorities he burned his hand after he knocked over a candle on West Bethel Street, DeHaven said. Mock arrived at the Church Street office at about 9:30 a.m., DeHaven said. DeHaven said authorities have not had a chance to talk to Mock since he gave an initial statement about the incident, which remains under investigation, DeHaven said.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
One of two people taken to hospitals after a fire Monday morning at 46 E. North Ave. in Hagerstown has been released from Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Tuesday afternoon. DeHaven identified the fire victim as Carl Lockley, 45. There were four people in the house when the fire started and they all are family members, DeHaven said. Pierre Lockley, 53, was taken to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, but DeHaven said he did not have an update on his condition.
NEWS
November 23, 2008
A home on South Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown was damaged Sunday when the second floor caught on fire. Four people were home when the home at 348 S. Cannon Ave. caught on fire, said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas DeHaven. It was unclear whether the family would be able to live there after the blaze. DeHaven said the cause was accidental. No injuries were reported. Hagerstown firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Washington County Air Unit and Community Rescue Services Inc. The fire was restricted to the second floor and is still being investigated by the fire marshal, DeHaven said.
NEWS
November 4, 2009
Berkeley County firefighters spent more than two hours Wednesday battling an early-morning blaze that destroyed a mobile home in Falling Waters, W.Va. Bedington (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Andrew Dehaven said no injuries were reported. Firefighters were not certain whether anyone was living in the mobile home, but it appeared to be vacant at the time of the fire, Dehaven said. When firefighters responded to the fire at 3:43 a.m., the mobile home was engulfed in flames, according to a Berekely County, W.Va.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
A fire damaged a home on Frederick Street in Hagerstown Tuesday morning, fire officials said. City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said no one was at home when the fire was reported at about 5 a.m. at a duplex at 266 Frederick St. “There was moderate damage to the property,” DeHaven said. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control, he said. Rescue units cleared the scene at 12:24 p.m. Hagerstown firefighters were assisted by the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway and Washington County Special Operations, DeHaven said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
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.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
Fire broke out in a commercial building on South Potomac Street on Wednesday night, causing thick, blinding smoke to spread through the neighborhood and around the intersection of South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard, a fire official said. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was coming out one side of the building that faces Memorial Boulevard, said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven. Fire fighters battled the fire from the exterior and were able to eventually enter the building to extinguish the blaze, which was reported just before 6:30 p.m., DeHaven said.
NEWS
October 31, 1997
In the wake of the serious fire Oct. 29 on Greenmount Avenue, members of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company will be conducting an After The Fire safety program today in parts of the Friendship Park area of Halfway. Homes without working smoke detectors will have one installed free of charge by the fire department, according Deputy Fire Chief Doug DeHaven. The following streets will be covered: Greenmount, Hollywood, Wolford, Tanglewood, Lexington and parts of York and Marbern, DeHaven said.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
Hagerstown firefighters responded to another flooding call after cold weather caused several pipes to burst inside a vacant building Monday night at 16 Jonathan St. City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said firefighters were at the scene from the time the call was received at 10 p.m. Monday to shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The city's water department shut off the water supply. The flooding caused a ceiling to collapse inside the building, DeHaven said. The electrical system also was damaged, but no fire was reported.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2013
A 26-year-old man who was charged Tuesday in a fire that significantly damaged a vacant five-story building at 19-23 W. Antietam Street last Thursday night told a city fire marshal that he was trying to stay warm, started a fire in a bathtub, and was sorry for the resulting blaze, according to court records. Ernest Leroy Stitely Jr., said he checked on the fire in the tub at one point and opened a bathroom window to let some smoke out, said court records. Stitely said he later heard a roaring sound, went to the bathroom and noticed an “uncontrollable” fire coming from under the tub, said court records.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
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.
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NEWS
August 18, 2013
A question was raised about why motorists are allowed to park their vehicles in fire lanes at shopping centers in Hagerstown. In some cases, that might be because the areas do not have formal fire lanes. Hagerstown City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said that in the city, roadways at shopping centers are not required to be marked as fire lanes if the unobstructed width of the roadway is at least 20 feet, and the unobstructed vertical clearance of the roadway is at least 13 feet, 6 inches.
NEWS
August 4, 2013
A 56-year-old man was taken to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center after he showed up at a building housing the city fire marshal's office on Church Street Sunday morning with burns to his right hand, said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven. The victim, Benjamin Mock Jr., told authorities he burned his hand after he knocked over a candle on West Bethel Street, DeHaven said. Mock arrived at the Church Street office at about 9:30 a.m., DeHaven said. DeHaven said authorities have not had a chance to talk to Mock since he gave an initial statement about the incident, which remains under investigation, DeHaven said.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
A fire damaged a home on Frederick Street in Hagerstown Tuesday morning, fire officials said. City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said no one was at home when the fire was reported at about 5 a.m. at a duplex at 266 Frederick St. “There was moderate damage to the property,” DeHaven said. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control, he said. Rescue units cleared the scene at 12:24 p.m. Hagerstown firefighters were assisted by the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway and Washington County Special Operations, DeHaven said.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
One of two people taken to hospitals after a fire Monday morning at 46 E. North Ave. in Hagerstown has been released from Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Tuesday afternoon. DeHaven identified the fire victim as Carl Lockley, 45. There were four people in the house when the fire started and they all are family members, DeHaven said. Pierre Lockley, 53, was taken to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, but DeHaven said he did not have an update on his condition.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
No one was injured in a fire Thursday morning at a 2 1/2-story duplex in the 700 block of Lanvale Street in Hagerstown's West End, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas P. DeHaven said. Firefighters responded to a report of smoke at 709 Lanvale St. on Thursday at about 11:15 a.m., according to a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor. The fire was contained to a second-floor bedroom and it is believed it might have been caused by faulty wiring on an electrical appliance, Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Cleck said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2013
A 26-year-old man who was charged Tuesday in a fire that significantly damaged a vacant five-story building at 19-23 W. Antietam Street last Thursday night told a city fire marshal that he was trying to stay warm, started a fire in a bathtub, and was sorry for the resulting blaze, according to court records. Ernest Leroy Stitely Jr., said he checked on the fire in the tub at one point and opened a bathroom window to let some smoke out, said court records. Stitely said he later heard a roaring sound, went to the bathroom and noticed an “uncontrollable” fire coming from under the tub, said court records.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN and C.J. LOVELACE | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com; c.j.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 8, 2013
Authorities worked Friday to determine the structural stability of a five-story building in downtown Hagerstown that was ravaged by a two-alarm fire late Thursday night into Friday morning, a city fire marshal said. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said fire consumed much of the fourth and fifth floors of the 21 W. Antietam St. building, which has been vacant for years. At the scene Friday afternoon, DeHaven said city building code officials were inspecting the charred structure to see if it was safe to re-enter for further investigation.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
Hagerstown firefighters responded to another flooding call after cold weather caused several pipes to burst inside a vacant building Monday night at 16 Jonathan St. City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said firefighters were at the scene from the time the call was received at 10 p.m. Monday to shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The city's water department shut off the water supply. The flooding caused a ceiling to collapse inside the building, DeHaven said. The electrical system also was damaged, but no fire was reported.
OBITUARIES
January 14, 2013
Lilly Mae Dehaven, 91, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation in Berkeley Springs. A graveside service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
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