Vacant downtown Hagerstown buildings severely damaged in fire

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Two vacant Hagerstown buildings were severely damaged in a fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon. 

A Hagerstown Police Department Officer was flagged down for reports of a fire that broke out at 22 South Locust Street. 

Firefighters knocked the fire out a short time later, but both vacant buildings and a neighboring house at 20 South Locust Street were damaged, and the fire smoldered for hours. 

Fire Marshal Doug Dehaven said the layout of the neighborhood made the fire especially dangerous.

“The house was made of combustible materials. They’re on top of each other. They’re side by side [with] older material. Now, older materials are better than new materials, but it still makes it difficult to keep it contained when you have such a high volume of fire in there,” Dehaven said. 

So far, no injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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