5 people transported to hospital after Hagerstown apartment fire, started by Juvenile using lighter

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Five people were transported to Meritus Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after an apartment in Hagerstown caught on fire Sunday morning.

The fire broke out at Cortland Apartments just after 11:30.

Crews arrived at Unit 1 on Little Elliot Dr. and they put out the fire almost immediately.

“[We] transported four children and one adult to Meritus. At this time we believe it is for smoke inhalation,” said Captain Russell Daiello.

Those who evacuated from other units were able to enter back into their home.

It has been determined that the fire was started accidentally by a juvenile.

According to the fire marshal, Doug DeHaven, there were four children in the home between the ages of 9 months and 6 years old.

One of the children was playing with a lighter and started the fire in the bedroom.

The damage is minimal and all occupants are now allowed back in the residency.

DeHaven added that smoke alarms alerted the family in time to get out on the building, which prevented further damage.

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