Halfway Responds on 2nd Alarm in Hagerstown on East North Avenue

January 5, 2022

Heavy smoke greets firefighters who battled East North Avenue blaze Tuesday
Dave McMillionDave Rhodes
The Herald-Mail

Firefighters were battling a blaze inside a house at 39 E. North Avenue on Wednesday afternoon in Hagerstown. Smoke was rising from the house at 2:40 p.m., but it appeared to be gone by around 3 p.m., according to Herald-Mail Media reporter at the scene. Streets were blocked around the house, which is divided into apartments, and traffic was snarled in the neighborhood. A number of fire departments from the city, Funkstown, Long Meadow and Halfway were at the scene.

Adam Hopkins, a battalion chief for the Hagerstown Fire Department, said the fire was dispatched at about 2 p.m. When firefighters arrived, a large amount of smoke was rising from the front of the house and heavy fire was spreading in the back, Hopkins said.

Occupants were screaming that children might have been trapped in the house, but none were found, Hopkins said. A dog and maybe a couple cats were rescued, he said. One civilian and one firefighter sustained minor injuries, Hopkins said. An investigation will be started into a cause, he said. Hopkins said the house is divided into multiple apartments and he believed between four and six people, maybe more, have been displaced from the house.

The American Red Cross has been called to help tenants.