The cause remains under investigation.
Hagerstown, Md (KM) The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s Office has identified the three victims of last week’s house fire at 320 Linganore Avenue. They are Rodney Francis Brady, Jr., 36, Hailie Elizabeth Conte Smith, 16, and 12 Tarin Lei Mae Durham, 12. The Hagerstown Fire Department says it extends its condolences to the family.
City Fire Marshal Dale Fishack says progress is being made in determining the cause of the February 24th fire, but this investigation could be a lengthy one. He says smoke alarms were present, and at least one was working.
Thanks to video submitted to his office, Fishack says the blaze is believed to have started on the first floor of the house. He says the Fire Marshal’s Office continues to accept video and photos of the fire scene.
Hagerstown Fire Department personnel were in the neighborhood on Saturday, doing after-fire visits with residents. They reminded them that, at a minimum, smoke alarms should be placed outside of each sleeping area in the house, and on each floor. Maryland law requires the use of smoke alarms with ten-year batteries.
Fire Department personnel installed 18 smoke alarms during visits to more than 50 homes in the neighborhood, and did checks of smoke alarms. They also provided fire safety information and discussed last weeks’ fire.
By Kevin McManus