City Fire Marshal’s Office Continues Investigation Into Cause of Triple Fatal Fire

HAGERSTOWN – A Wednesday night fire at 320 Linganore Avenue in Hagerstown killed three occupants of the house and injured two.  One firefighter was treated for minor injuries suffered at the scene and was released from Meritus Medical Center.

The fire call came in at 6:49pm and the first unit arrived on the scene within two minutes.  The house, along with trees and shrubs in the front yard, were already engulfed in flames and the blaze had auto extended to the neighboring residence at 322 Linganore Avenue.  Flames were evident on the siding and in the attic area next door and were quickly extinguished.  41 pieces of equipment and more than 65 firefighters responded to the scene.

The City Fire Marshal’s Office is the investigating agency, and was assisted by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, Community Rescue Service, the Washington County Department of Emergency Services, the Hagerstown Police Department and its Criminal Investigation Division, and a canine accelerant dog from Montgomery County.

Details are not readily available, as City Fire Marshal Dale Fishack indicated this morning that he expects the investigation into the cause of the fire to be a lengthy one.  Fishack also encourages anyone with information, including video of the fire scene, to contact the City Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 301-790-2476 or emailing firemarshal@hagerstownmd.org.

The Hagerstown Fire Department reminds residents of these important safety tips to help prevent and minimize the impact of house fires:

-Have working smoke detectors installed in your home

-Have an escape plan that includes two ways out

-Get out of the house and stay out

-When a fire is detected, call 911 immediately.  Early notification saves lives.