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Grand Ave. Fire Claims Lives Of Two City Children

October 24th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch confirmed Thursday that two girls were killed in a house fire in the early morning hours at 402 Grand Avenue in Cumberland. Their parents and two other siblings made it out of the fire alive. The fire broke out just before 3 a.m. Thursday at the two-story wood-framed duplex. More than 40 firefighters from seven agencies brought the blaze under control within a half-hour of arriving. He said the autopsy will have to be completed before any the official cause of death can be determined. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Bouch says there are no indications of foul play at this point. Residents of the duplex's other unit survived.  It's unclear how the fire started. Bouch says the duplex had working smoke alarms but no sprinklers.

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