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Cause Of Frostburg Fire Being Investigated

December 10th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Deputy State Fire Marshals continue to investigate the cause of a late Saturday evening blaze which injured two occupants. A team of State Fire Marshals responded to the incident and remained on scene until early this morning. The fire sent two of the occupants from the first floor unit to the hospital by ambulance. The female was treated and released for minor burns to her upper body and the male occupant was kept overnight for observation at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The 8:30 PM fire at 14 Broadway Street was reported by a neighbor.The structure is described as a two story brick two unit apartment and also had the Commercial Press business connected to it . Damages to the structure are estimated at $50,000 and contents lost were approximately $7,000. Forty firefighters from Frostburg, Shaft, Mt. Savage, Clarysville, Midland, and Piedmont WV, controlled the fire in thirty-five minutes. The fire destroyed the first floor apartment and caused moderate smoke damage to the second floor unit. The building was not protected by a fire sprinkler system. The origin of the fire was determined to be in the first floor apartments living room. Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire. A State Fire Marshal accelerant detection canine team also responded to the fire and the Cumberland City Fire Marshal assisted as well. Given the time of evening, and the heavy automobile and pedestrian traffic on Broadway Street, investigators believe there may be witnesses to the early stages of the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Anyone with information, photos, or video of the early stages of the fire are asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Cumberland office at 301-729-5021.

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