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Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office Assisting Occupancies to Meet Reopening Requirements
The Hagerstown Fire Department Fire Marshal’s office is working with City businesses to meet the opening requirements outlined by Maryland’s Governor. Many businesses have been limited with their occupancy capacity when they re-open.
“As a result of the Governor’s orders, we are fielding a number of phone calls questioning what is the capacity of my business?” said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven. “We are working with business to locate the legal capacity and provide the business an updated sign noting that capacity.” A capacity sign is also required to be posted under the order.
A business is provided an occupancy capacity when the building was originally built or at the time of a change in occupancy type. Since much of Hagerstown are buildings with significant age, those original permits have been lost or destroyed. Fire Marshal DeHaven wants to let our City’s business know that they are welcome to call our office and we will assist them with new signs.
For those businesses inside the City of Hagerstown, you can contact the Hagerstown Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-790-2476 or email email@example.com. You will need to provide your business name, address and contact information. We also will need the square footage of retail area or area available to the public. Additional information may be needed to determine the capacity of Assembly and Religious occupancies. A site inspection by the fire marshal may be needed.
Those occupancies outside the City of Hagerstown should contact the Fire Marshal’s office covering their respected jurisdiction. In Washington County, that is the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal for assistance.
Cause of Fatal Fire Released
The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's office has determined that the October 24, 2017 fire at 20 Snyder Avenue Hagerstown was determined to be an accidental cause. The 3:31am fire resulted in the death of Debra Kegarise (age 62) and her son Tyson Kegarise (age 41). The fire caused extensive damage to both sides of the duplex house and a vehicle in the driveway.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire which followed by a search of the building for the occupants; both were located on the second floor of the home along with two family dogs.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Sky Lanterns Prohibited in Maryland
The State Fire Marshal would like to remind Maryland residents and visitors that using aerial luminaries, commonly referred to as “Sky Lanterns”, is prohibited throughout the State.
Man Arrested After Improvised Explosive Devices Found
"The quick recognition of the potential hazard with these devices by Mr. Ciampo, and his decision to immediately contact local authorities was absolutely appropriate in this incident", stated Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Gregory Der. "This serves as a positive reminder to all members of the public of the National message, "See Something, Say Something".
Investigation into Cortland Apartment Fire Continues
Victim of Fatal Fire Identified
The victim in the January 11, 2017 fire above the old J&M Grill on S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown has been identified as Francisco Louis Albright, age 41, the sole occupant of the apartment located above the business. “Albright died of smoke inhalation as a result of a fire in the apartment’s kitchen” according to Doug DeHaven, Hagerstown Fire Marshal.
Suspicious Package Downtown
Vehicle Intentionally Set on fire
A vehicle fire in the 400 block of E Washington Street Hagerstown on Wednesday January 11 has been determined by Hagerstown Fire Marshals to have been intentionally set on fire. Hagerstown Fire Department units responded at 7:35 pm for a vehicle on fire. Units arrived to find that a bystander was able to extinguish the fire which involved a 2015 Ford box van owned by Budget Truck Rental.
Anyone who may have information on this fire is asked to contact the Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s office at 301-790-2476 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Playing with Fire Causes Two-Alarm Townhouse Fire
The Hagerstown Fire Department and Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's office regularly work with families of youths that have been involved in firesetting incidents or have shown curiosity about fire. If you have a child involved in firesetting behavor, contact the fire marshal staff at 301-790-2476 or email@example.com for assistance.
Sprinkler System Extinguishes Apartment Fire
On October 6, the Hagerstown and Maugansville Fire Departments were alerted to a fire in an apartment at the Reserve at Collegiate Acres apartment complex on Buckeye Circle in Hagerstown. Responding units arrived to find the buildings fire alarm system activated and occupants evacuating the building. Occupants reported a fire in a 2nd floor kitchen apartment which had been extinguished by the buildings fire sprinkler system. Fire Department units checked that the fire was fully extinguished, shut off the sprinkler system, and worked to contain the remaining water.
Man Charged for Setting Dumpster on Fire
Smoke Alarms Alert Occupants to House Fire
Military Ordinances Found in West End Home
At 6:20 pm, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal was requested to respond to the 200 blk of Nottingham Road after Hagerstown Police officers handling a domestic incident discovered what appeared to be military ordinances in a house. A response by the Maryland State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad was requested and the area of the items was secured until the items could be removed safely.
The State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad removed the items from the home without incident. They will be continuing their investigation into the origin of the devices. No evacuation of the area was necessary and no injuries occurred during the incident.
All City Fire Marshal units and State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad units had cleared the scene by 1am.
Woman Charged for Avalon Ave Fire
The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's have charged a 31 year old female with intentionally setting fire to her Avalon Ave home. The fire occurred in the early morning hours of July 8th with her children sleeping in nearby bedrooms.
Units arrived to find smoke in the house. Fortunately a passerby assisted in getting the multiple children in the residence out before firefighters arrived. Hagerstown firefighters conducted a rapid search of the residence, locating the female and removing her to safety where she was cared for by a Community Rescue Service medic unit.
44-46 E Franklin St
The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate an intentionally set fire at 44-46 E Franklin St. City companies were alerted for this fire on the evening of April 18th and required assistance from multiple Washington County fire companies to bring the 2 alarm fire under control. This property was also the scene of a fatal 2 alarm fire in 2014.
Anyone with information on this fire should contact the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's Office at 301-790-2476 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
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