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December 9, 2012

Firefighters’ quick response contains Frostburg blaze

FROSTBURG — A fire Saturday at 16 Broadway in Frostburg that sent two victims to the hospital was spared from extensive damage due to a quick response by firefighters.

“We were very fortunate we got there in a very short time. If it had been any longer, it would have spread,” said a member of the Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department.

The two-story brick structure, which housed Triangle Printing and and an office for Braddock Construction, also contained five apartment units.

The two victims, tenants in the building, were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment according to a Frostburg Fire Department official.

“We have heavy smoke damage,” said David Roche the owner of Triangle Printing. “There is soot all over everything.”

A call was received at Allegany County 911 Center at 8:30 p.m. reporting the fire.

Firefighters contained the blaze in a first floor apartment unit.

“The fire was on the first floor and remained there,” fire officials said.

“All the responders did a fantastic job,” said Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan.

Triangle Printing has insurance on the property.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“I’m assuming it started in a couch in the apartment,” said Roche.

All units in the building were rented with students making up some of the tenants.

“Representatives from Frostburg State University were there to talk to the students and help make some arrangements for housing,” said Flanigan.

The fire department also reported that there was smoke damage and some water damage.

“There was damage to the back of the building,” said Flanigan.

The blaze was reported under control by 9:40 p.m.

Those responding to the blaze in addition to Frostburg included departments from Mount Savage, Shaft, Midland, Lonaconing and  Eastern Garrett, and Piedmont and Ridgeley, W.Va.

Ambulance units on the scene were Frostburg Area Ambulance, Tri-Towns EMS, LaVale Rescue Squad and Georges Creek.

The building had been the prior home of the city’s magistrate court.

Flanigan’s father, Edward Flangian, once operated an office supply store there and sat on the bench as the trial magistrate judge.

Seeing the blaze touched a sentimental spot with the mayor.

“It was like something happening to your home place,” he said.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com

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