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April 1, 2014

Fire leaves two homeless; two firefighters injured

CUMBERLAND — City and state fire investigators worked at mid-morning Tuesday to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a vacant Columbia Street residence and damaged two others. Two city firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital during the 4:13 a.m. incident.

Two people were dispaced from one of the damaged homes.

The fire originated at 251 Columbia and was first reported to the Allegany County 911 center by a neighbor of the property.

Numerous volunteer fire companies assisted in the fire operation directed by Cumberland Fire Capt. Daron Winters. Two volunteer companies stood by for the city fire department during the incident.

The injured firefighters were both released later in the morning from the emergency room at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. One was treated for heat exhaustion and the other for shoulder injuries.

Lt.  Shannon Adams, the city fire marshal, investigated the cause of the fire. Assistance was being provided by at least three investigators of the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

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