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August 11, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two mulch fires that were called in within minutes of each other Sunday were believed to have been caused by discarded cigarettes, fire officials said. The first was reported near the entrance of Martinsburg City Hospital at 3:08 p.m. and was quickly put out. At 3:13 p.m. another fire was called in from 902 N. Queen St. That was also quickly put out and neither fire caused any structural damage, the official said.
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by KAREN HANNA | February 22, 2007
One of the owners of three apartment buildings damaged by fires in recent days has contacted the City of Hagerstown about fixing the structure, building inspector Michael Heyser said Wednesday. City staff are preparing draft procedures that detail the city's expectations about property rehabilitation after fires for approval by the City Council, Heyser said. "This is a tragic event for most property owners, and we try to give them some flexibility in how they deal with it, although not too much," Heyser said.
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March 4, 2013
Nobody was hurt in a Monday morning fire that destroyed a building that housed an indoor pool and apartment, Boonsboro Fire Chief Oley Griffith said. The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m. Monday at 19932 Lemuel Lane, was caused by a woodstove and was ruled accidental, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Lemuel Lane is a private farm lane off Toms Road, Griffith said. Toms Road is off Alternate U.S. 40 and is northwest of Boonsboro. The structure was owned by Gregory Toms, according to the state fire marshal.
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August 24, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer BOONSBORO - The rear of a 100-year-old pre-Civil War log home south of Boonsboro was heavily damaged by an electrical fire Friday night, fire officials said Saturday. The fire was caused when the wiring to an overhead light fixture in an attached carport overheated, igniting the combustible ceiling, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire caused $80,000 worth of damage to the rear of the 6513 Gilardi Road house and its contents, according to the fire marshal's office.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | October 4, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A mid-afternoon fire, the second in a Franklin County industrial facility Thursday, caused substantial damage to a building occupied by Castings Technologies Inc., a foundry at 730 Clayton Ave., Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack said. There were no injuries in either fire. The cause and total damage estimates were still being investigated in the Waynesboro fire, Fishack said. He estimated damage to the foundry's electrical system to be around $100,000.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | October 25, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com A Washington County woman was to stay with family Friday night after her Dogstreet Road home was damaged by a fire that started when a microwave cord shorted out, a deputy state fire marshal said. The homeowner, Phyllis Bidle, was not home at the time of the fire. Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies and firefighters believed at first that someone was in the home as heavy smoke poured out from a fire in the kitchen, fire officials said.
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January 25, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer Owner Nancy Myers and her staff at Timeless Memories were doing the finishing touches on decorations for their Christmas holiday open house when tragedy struck. The two-story gift store, housed in half of a duplex on Potomac Avenue, caught fire. Everyone got out safely, but the fire caused a loss of about $130,000 in structural damage and ruined stock. While many retailers would have called it quits when faced with such a loss just three weeks before their busiest season, Myers, her family and staff rallied.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2011
The owner of the building that housed the former M.P. Moller Pipe Organ factory in Hagerstown said he has no immediate plans for the property after a fire tore through a large portion of the structure Thursday afternoon. Frankie Corsi III said Friday that he wouldn't be able to assess the damage until the Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office finishes its investigation. "The firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire to a small section of the building— a wood-framed addition to the original brick structure," Corsi wrote in an e-mail.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2012
Other than power outages that hit nearly half the homes and businesses in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, there were only a few reports of major structural damage from Friday night's thunderstorm, area emergency first responders told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin here Sunday afternoon. Tomblin, along with James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, and Jimmy Gianato, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for West Virginia, were on a six-county tour of the state to view damage and talk to the people who were first in line to handle emergencies created by the storm.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 19, 2013
Plans to demolish a run-down building and create a plaza on East Main Street in Waynesboro have met delays. Before crews demolish 27-29 E. Main St., the organizations spearheading the project need to ensure tearing down the dilapidated building will not cause structural damage at adjacent buildings, according to Patrick E. Fleagle, economic development director of Main Street Waynesboro Inc. Downtown revitalization organization Main Street Waynesboro...
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March 4, 2013
Nobody was hurt in a Monday morning fire that destroyed a building that housed an indoor pool and apartment, Boonsboro Fire Chief Oley Griffith said. The fire, reported at 2:30 a.m. Monday at 19932 Lemuel Lane, was caused by a woodstove and was ruled accidental, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office. Lemuel Lane is a private farm lane off Toms Road, Griffith said. Toms Road is off Alternate U.S. 40 and is northwest of Boonsboro. The structure was owned by Gregory Toms, according to the state fire marshal.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 19, 2013
Plans to demolish a run-down building and create a plaza on East Main Street in Waynesboro have met delays. Before crews demolish 27-29 E. Main St., the organizations spearheading the project need to ensure tearing down the dilapidated building will not cause structural damage at adjacent buildings, according to Patrick E. Fleagle, economic development director of Main Street Waynesboro Inc. Downtown revitalization organization Main Street Waynesboro...
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2012
Other than power outages that hit nearly half the homes and businesses in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, there were only a few reports of major structural damage from Friday night's thunderstorm, area emergency first responders told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin here Sunday afternoon. Tomblin, along with James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, and Jimmy Gianato, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for West Virginia, were on a six-county tour of the state to view damage and talk to the people who were first in line to handle emergencies created by the storm.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2011
Vibrations from Tuesday's earthquake in central Virginia were felt along the East Coast thanks to the “old and cold” geology of the region, an expert said Wednesday. Gavin Hayes, a research seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the geology of the region allowed Tuesday's temblor to transmit over greater distances than have earthquakes of similar magnitude in other parts of the nation. However, the chances of Washington County feeling aftershocks from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered 123 miles south in Louisa County, Va., are slim because the USGS expects those to only be felt near the epicenter, he said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2011
The owner of the building that housed the former M.P. Moller Pipe Organ factory in Hagerstown said he has no immediate plans for the property after a fire tore through a large portion of the structure Thursday afternoon. Frankie Corsi III said Friday that he wouldn't be able to assess the damage until the Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office finishes its investigation. "The firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire to a small section of the building— a wood-framed addition to the original brick structure," Corsi wrote in an e-mail.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | February 22, 2007
One of the owners of three apartment buildings damaged by fires in recent days has contacted the City of Hagerstown about fixing the structure, building inspector Michael Heyser said Wednesday. City staff are preparing draft procedures that detail the city's expectations about property rehabilitation after fires for approval by the City Council, Heyser said. "This is a tragic event for most property owners, and we try to give them some flexibility in how they deal with it, although not too much," Heyser said.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | October 25, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com A Washington County woman was to stay with family Friday night after her Dogstreet Road home was damaged by a fire that started when a microwave cord shorted out, a deputy state fire marshal said. The homeowner, Phyllis Bidle, was not home at the time of the fire. Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies and firefighters believed at first that someone was in the home as heavy smoke poured out from a fire in the kitchen, fire officials said.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | October 4, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A mid-afternoon fire, the second in a Franklin County industrial facility Thursday, caused substantial damage to a building occupied by Castings Technologies Inc., a foundry at 730 Clayton Ave., Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack said. There were no injuries in either fire. The cause and total damage estimates were still being investigated in the Waynesboro fire, Fishack said. He estimated damage to the foundry's electrical system to be around $100,000.
NEWS
January 25, 1999
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer Owner Nancy Myers and her staff at Timeless Memories were doing the finishing touches on decorations for their Christmas holiday open house when tragedy struck. The two-story gift store, housed in half of a duplex on Potomac Avenue, caught fire. Everyone got out safely, but the fire caused a loss of about $130,000 in structural damage and ruined stock. While many retailers would have called it quits when faced with such a loss just three weeks before their busiest season, Myers, her family and staff rallied.
NEWS
August 24, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer BOONSBORO - The rear of a 100-year-old pre-Civil War log home south of Boonsboro was heavily damaged by an electrical fire Friday night, fire officials said Saturday. The fire was caused when the wiring to an overhead light fixture in an attached carport overheated, igniting the combustible ceiling, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire caused $80,000 worth of damage to the rear of the 6513 Gilardi Road house and its contents, according to the fire marshal's office.
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