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February 20, 2013
Fire destroyed a wood shed on Dogstreet Road in Keedysville on Wednesday night, said Oley Griffith, chief of the First Hose Company of Boonsboro. The building, which measured about 20-feet-by-25-feet, was engulfed in flames when fire fighters arrived, Griffith said. The shed at 19606 Dogstreet Road was next to an outdoor wood furnace, which might have started the blaze, Griffith said. The owner of the property was home but the owner did not know about the fire until a neighbor noticed it, Griffith 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.
BREAKINGNEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | June 13, 2011
One person was injured after he was driving an 18-wheeler that flipped on the ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound. Lieutenant Woodward of the Maryland State Police reported that the vehicle flipped over after heavy rolls of paper in the back shifted, knocking it off balance. The ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound was closed for more than an hour but reopened at 1:20. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries at 12:48, Sergeant James Ridgely of the Halfway Fire Company is reporting.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 7, 2002
More than 20 acres burned in two brush fires in the Inwood, W.Va., area Wednesday afternoon and evening, a firefighter said. The first fire broke out along Dominion Road, formerly Virginia Line Road, about four miles south of the intersection with W.Va. 51 in Gerrardstown, said Mason Butler, a firefighter with the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. The fire spread over 15 acres, and fire fighters cut a fire break around it with a farm tractor to contain it, Butler said. Firefighters battled the blaze using brush trucks, which are equipped to carry water, said Butler.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
The Hagerstown Fire Marshal's office is continuing its investigation of a fire in a commercial building Wednesday evening along South Potomac Street, City of Hagerstown spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said Thursday. Investigators returned to the scene at 441 S. Potomac Street on Thursday morning to examine the building and they were also interviewing witnesses to the blaze, Wolfe said in a news release. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Thursday night that investigators still had not determined the cause of the fire, which was reported just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
By ROBERT SNYDER | May 2, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A complaint by a Martinsburg firefighters union that the city's appointment of its fire chief in 2001 violated both state code and the city's charter was dismissed last week in Berkeley County Circuit Court. In a 19-page order signed by Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes, the court ruled last Wednesday against Martinsburg Fire Fighters Local 805 International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents the city's paid firefighters. The group's petition, which was filed in May 2004 against city officials, sought Paul Bragg's removal as head of the city's fire department.
NEWS
October 22, 2000
Police log for Oct. 23 Vehicles damaged in Smithsburg area SMITHSBURG - Vandals wielding clubs or a similar objects damaged several vehicles in the Smithsburg area Friday or Saturday, Washington County Sheriffs' deputies said. Deputies received calls from residents on Bradbury Avenue, Edgemont Road and Sandstone Drive, complaining that their vehicles had been damaged between midnight Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The damaged vehicles were a 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 1984 Nissan 200SX, 1997 Mercury Sable, 1999 Mercury Cougar and a 2000 Hundai Tiburon.
NEWS
August 27, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer Maryland firefighters tried to light a fuse under Gov. Parris N. Glendening's campaign Tuesday, handing him an early endorsement in his re-election bid. Meeting at their annual leadership convention in Hagerstown, the Maryland and D.C. Professional Firefighters Association sought to give Glendening a boost 15 months before the election. "We're proud to be on Parris' bandwagon," union president Kevin B. O'Connor said. Union leaders described Glendening as a longtime friend of professional firefighters, citing his support of legislation banning residency requirements for firefighters and his executive order guaranteeing collective bargaining rights for state workers.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | November 9, 1999
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A wildfire on the Blue Ridge Mountain Tuesday night crept within 25 yards of a house but firefighters were able to knock down the blaze and prevent it from reaching the home, a firefighter said. The blaze near the West Ridge Hills subdivision was one of two wildfires that broke out in the Tri-State area Tuesday night. In Franklin County, firefighters were battling another large wildfire near the border with Adams County, according to an emergency dispatcher.
NEWS
April 15, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer N. Leon Wolfe Jr. took a pay cut when he accepted the promotion from firefighter to chief of the Fort Ritchie Fire Department in 1985. But he was confident that legislation pending in Congress would adjust the salary structure. More than a decade later, Wolfe is still chief and he's still waiting for legislation to pass. Being chief has its perks. Wolfe doesn't have to work night shifts or holidays like regular firefighters at the base.
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February 20, 2013
Fire destroyed a wood shed on Dogstreet Road in Keedysville on Wednesday night, said Oley Griffith, chief of the First Hose Company of Boonsboro. The building, which measured about 20-feet-by-25-feet, was engulfed in flames when fire fighters arrived, Griffith said. The shed at 19606 Dogstreet Road was next to an outdoor wood furnace, which might have started the blaze, Griffith said. The owner of the property was home but the owner did not know about the fire until a neighbor noticed it, Griffith said.
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NEWS
December 6, 2012
The Hagerstown Fire Marshal's office is continuing its investigation of a fire in a commercial building Wednesday evening along South Potomac Street, City of Hagerstown spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said Thursday. Investigators returned to the scene at 441 S. Potomac Street on Thursday morning to examine the building and they were also interviewing witnesses to the blaze, Wolfe said in a news release. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Thursday night that investigators still had not determined the cause of the fire, which was reported just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
BREAKINGNEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | June 13, 2011
One person was injured after he was driving an 18-wheeler that flipped on the ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound. Lieutenant Woodward of the Maryland State Police reported that the vehicle flipped over after heavy rolls of paper in the back shifted, knocking it off balance. The ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-81 southbound was closed for more than an hour but reopened at 1:20. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries at 12:48, Sergeant James Ridgely of the Halfway Fire Company is reporting.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2011
Four Hagerstown Fire Department members were honored at a banquet Saturday night for rescuing two people from two separate blazes in the city last year and this year. Charles Mundey, Joseph Chojnacki, Daniel Myers, and Allen Carpenter were honored during the banquet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles club at 18 N. Locust St., officials said. Hosted by the Hagerstown Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1605, the banquets are held periodically when a group of firefighters are retiring, city fire department spokesman Scott Baire said.
NEWS
By ROBERT SNYDER | May 2, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A complaint by a Martinsburg firefighters union that the city's appointment of its fire chief in 2001 violated both state code and the city's charter was dismissed last week in Berkeley County Circuit Court. In a 19-page order signed by Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes, the court ruled last Wednesday against Martinsburg Fire Fighters Local 805 International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents the city's paid firefighters. The group's petition, which was filed in May 2004 against city officials, sought Paul Bragg's removal as head of the city's fire department.
NEWS
by CAILIN MCGOUGH | August 19, 2002
cailinm@herald-mail.com On a good day, there would be no fires for Rich Jordan to fight. "I would like to come to work and not get a call every day of my life. When you get a call, you know somebody's suffering or losing their life's dreams," he said. Now in his 29th year as a career firefighter with Hagerstown Fire Department's Truck 1, Jordan said the reward is being able to intervene in time to save property and get someone to the hospital. "I get more satisfaction when a shift commander comes up and hits you on the back and says, 'You did a hell of a stop on that one,'" he said.
NEWS
June 18, 2002
FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. will host a limited edition postal cancellation of the Firefighter Hero Stamp Saturday, June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and the Funkstown U.S. Postal branch will be at Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. station to provide this one-time cancellation. The stamp shows three New York firefighters raising the American Flag at "Ground Zero. " There also will be a chicken barbecue and pit roast beef sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FVFC will host an open house and firefighting displays during the day.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 7, 2002
More than 20 acres burned in two brush fires in the Inwood, W.Va., area Wednesday afternoon and evening, a firefighter said. The first fire broke out along Dominion Road, formerly Virginia Line Road, about four miles south of the intersection with W.Va. 51 in Gerrardstown, said Mason Butler, a firefighter with the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. The fire spread over 15 acres, and fire fighters cut a fire break around it with a farm tractor to contain it, Butler said. Firefighters battled the blaze using brush trucks, which are equipped to carry water, said Butler.
NEWS
October 22, 2000
Police log for Oct. 23 Vehicles damaged in Smithsburg area SMITHSBURG - Vandals wielding clubs or a similar objects damaged several vehicles in the Smithsburg area Friday or Saturday, Washington County Sheriffs' deputies said. Deputies received calls from residents on Bradbury Avenue, Edgemont Road and Sandstone Drive, complaining that their vehicles had been damaged between midnight Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The damaged vehicles were a 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 1984 Nissan 200SX, 1997 Mercury Sable, 1999 Mercury Cougar and a 2000 Hundai Tiburon.
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